The childhood obesity rate in Greece is one of the highest in Europe, as 41% of children aged 10 to 12 in Greece are overweight or obese.
The Greek Parliament’s Standing Committee on Social Affairs sought out to better understand the issue of childhood and adult obesity in the country and to determine strategies to fight the issue during a presentation held on Friday.
Scientists discussing the topic presented a startling picture of obesity in Greece–over 38% of the country’s population is overweight and 32% are obese, while 21% of children under the age of 9 are overweight or obese.
The obesity rate in Greece ranks among the top ten highest in Europe, with one in six Greeks considered obese in 2019.
Greece among top ten countries with highest population of overweight and obese people in Europe
According to Eurostat, the European countries with the highest overweight populations were Croatia and Malta, where 65% of their adult populations are considered overweight.