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In Italy, more than 25 million people are overweight or obese: the report

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It is one of the numbers that emerged from the fourth edition of the Italian Barometer Obesity Report, referring to the year 2021, made by the IBDO Foundation

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In Italy, there are more than 25 million adults and children who are overweight or obese. In concrete terms, 46% of adults, or more than 23 million, and 26.3% of children and adolescents between 3 and 17 years (2.2 million) are overweight. This is the picture that emerged from the fourth edition of the Italian Barometer Obesity Report, referring to the year 2021, prepared by the IBDO Foundation in collaboration with Istat, Coresearch and Bhave and with the unconditional contribution of Novo Nordisk.

The data of the report

As noted in the report, in addition to the numbers of the phenomenon, the fact that a large proportion of Italians do not recognize that they have a weight problem is also worrying. Specifically, 11.1% of obese adults and 54.6% of overweight adults believe they are normal weight and 40.3% of parents of overweight or obese children believe their children are normal weight .
The document also pointed to gender and territorial differences. In adults in particular, 12.9% of men are obese against 11.1% of women; while in children and adolescents, 23.2% of women are overweight compared to 29.2% of men. The phenomenon mainly affects the South and the Islands, where 31.9% and 26.1% of the youngest are overweight respectively, compared to 18.9% in the North West, 22.1% in the North East and 22% in the Center . However, in adults, the obesity rate ranges from 14% in the south and 13.6% in the islands, to 12.2% in the northeast, to 10.5% in the northwest and center.

The consequences of obesity

The report also points out that underestimating the causes and consequences of obesity leads to complications such as the development of mental health problems, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, but also an increased risk of some cancers and skeletal and joint problems. “It is estimated that this disease causes 58% of cases of type 2 diabetes, 21% of cases of ischemic heart disease and up to 42% of some tumors and leads to about 57,000 deaths per year in our country alone,” reported Paolo Sbraccia, IBDO Foundation Vice President and Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Source: TG 24 Sky

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