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November 28, 2011 by staff 

Body Mass Index Calculator, The UK has the highest rates of obesity in women in Europe, according to official data.

Almost a quarter (23.9%) of women in the UK are classed as obese, data from the European Union’s statistical office shows, compared to just 8% of women in Romania and 12.7% in France. For men, the UK had the second highest levels of obesity (22.1%), behind Malta (24.7%)

The rate is even high in the United States, where 26.8% of women are classed as obese and 27.6% of men. Romania reports the lowest rates (8% of women and 7.6% of men), followed by Italy, Bulgaria and France.

Eurostat looked at data from 19 countries, with obesity classified as a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30. The proportion of obesity was higher for women in eight countries, higher for men in ten and equal in one.

For women, the proportion of obese people increases with age. However, in the UK a larger proportion of women aged 18-24 are obese than in any other country (16.6% compared to 4.3% in France). Just 5.9% of men in this age bracket in the UK are obese, rising to 33.2% of men aged 45-64.

Insurance underwriters use BMI to assess the risk of applicants and set premiums.

A report from Bupa released earlier this year warned that employers are footing the bill for the nation’s unhealthy lifestyle.

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