Obesity in Austria

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Obesity in Austria has been increasingly cited as a major health issue in recent years.[1] Forty per cent of Austrians between 18 and 65 are considered overweight while eleven per cent of those overweight meet the definition of obesity.[2] Forbes.com ranks Austria as the 52nd fattest country in the World with a rate of 57.1%.[3] Approximately 900.000 people are considered overweight or obese.[4]

Causes[edit]

A lack of exercise is a cause of obesity.[5] A study showed that children only got 30 minutes of exercise instead of the hour that is required.[5] Proper skeletal development, muscle building, heart and circulation are among the benefits of exercising during childhood.[5]

Effects[edit]

Several studies have shown that obese men tend to have a lower sperm count, fewer rapidly mobile sperm and fewer progressively motile sperm compared to normal-weight men.[6]

Forbes 2007 ranking[edit]

Source:Forbes.com[3][7] The following list reflects the percentage of overweight adults aged 15 and over. These are individuals who have individual body mass indexes, which measures weight relative to height, greater than or equal to 25

Ranking Country Percentage
47 Vanuatu 59.6
48 Finland 58.7
49 Jamaica 57.4
50 Israel 57.3
51 Saint Lucia 57.3
52 Austria 57.1
53 Azerbaijan 57.1
54 Turkey 56.8
55 Tuvalu 56.6
56 Dominican Republic 56.5
57 Slovakia 56.3

See also[edit]

Main article: Outline of Austria

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Volksseuche Übergewicht: OECD fordert Maßnahmen" (in German). Die Presse. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "SPÖ MEP wants kindergarten campaigns in fight against obesity". Austrian Times. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "World's Fattest Countries". Forbes. 8 February 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "900.000 Österreicher sind fettleibig". Österreich (in German). 17 September 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Kids exercise just 30 mins a day causing obesity". Austrian Times. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Obesity linked to lower sperm count in young men". Reuters. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "World's Fattest Countries". Forbes. 8 February 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2010.