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More than half of men in Lux, and of all EU adults, are overweight



Across the entire EU, men are much more likely than women to be overweight, with the difference particularly pronounced in Luxembourg. (Pictured: man at a flea market in Berlin, 2019.) Photo: Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona / Unsplash

Across the entire EU, men are much more likely than women to be overweight, with the difference particularly pronounced in Luxembourg. (Pictured: man at a flea market in Berlin, 2019.) Photo: Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona / Unsplash

More than half of Europeans are overweight, Eurostat has reported. While the grand duchy scores relatively well overall, it has one of the biggest gender gaps in the EU.

Luxembourg had the third lowest rate of overweight adults in the EU, although nearly half should shed some kilos. Forty-eight percent of adults in Luxembourg had a body mass index of 25 or higher in 2019, Eurostat, the EU’s statistics bureau, reported this week.

The grand duchy placed just behind Italy (with 46% of all adults considered overweight) and France (47%), and ahead of its other neighbours, Belgium (50%) and Germany (54%). The rate across the entire EU was 53%.

Across the bloc, men were much more likely than women to be overweight in 2019, reported Eurostat, “with the largest gaps recorded in Luxembourg (59% of men vs. 38% of women), Czechia (70% vs. 51%) and Cyprus (59% vs. 41%).”

Highly educated individuals were less likely to be overweight and people with lower levels of education were more likely to be overweight. Across the bloc, the “obesity rate also decreases with the education level: from 20% of adults with low and 17% with medium to 11% of adults with a high education level,” Eurostat stated. Older people were more likely to be overweight than younger residents. Just 3% of EU residents were underweight.

The figures came from the European Health Interview Survey, published on 21 July.

“BMI is a measure of a person’s weight relative to their height that links fairly well with body fat,” Eurostat explained. BMI is calculated by taking a person’s weight (in kg) and dividing it by the square of their height (expressed in M2).