Over 40% of the Dutch population is too fat
Tuesday 03 July 2012
Around 6.5 million Dutch people are overweight, according to figures released on Tuesday by the central statistics office CBS.
This is more than 40% of the population. The figure includes 1.5 million who are classified as obese, says the CBS.
Thirty years ago, just over a quarter of Dutch adults were too fat. Now twice as many people over the age of 20 are overweight or obese.
For children the number has also grown. Around 11% are overweight or obese, compared with 4% in the early 1980s, says the CBS.
Adults are considered overweight if their body mass index (BMI) is higher than 25.
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