New research projects obesity increase in most European countries by 2030

6 May 2015        

Researchers from the World Health Organization have presented trends which suggest that 36% of men and 33% of women in the UK could be obese by 2030. According to the researchers, this would represent an increase from levels of 26% for both men and women in 2010. 

The as yet unpublished estimates by World Health Organization Modelling Obesity Project were reported at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Prague this week.  

Our Medical Director, Professor Peter Weissberg, said: “These projections suggest that, if current trends continue, obesity is set to become an even greater threat to public health in the UK and many parts of Europe in the future. The data cited serve as a warning of what may happen if governments fail to act by encouraging healthier eating habits and greater physical activity.”

Being overweight or obese is a recognised risk factor for heart disease, diabetes and a range of other health conditions. But spending as little as ten minutes a day improving areas of your lifestyle such as diet and physical activity can help people start to manage their weight better.

Find out more about how obesity can impact your heart health in Heart Matters magazine.