Approximately 27 million people will have excess weight or obesity in 11 years, adding €3 billion to the health system.
It has been known for years that obesity has been on the rise. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a nearly threefold increase in obesity cases since 1975. Undoubtedly, the outlook for the future is bleak, and this is not just about the UK or the US. But also about Spain, a country famous for its Mediterranean diet and supposed positive effects on the body.
An investigation by the Mar de Barcelona hospital has found that 80% of men and 55% of women will be overweight by 2030. If the current trend continues, the researchers write, within 11 years, more than 27 million people in Spain will be overweight.
By 2030, 80% of men and 55% of women will be overweight, according to a Mar de Barcelona hospital study. Over 27 million Spanish people will be overweight within 11 years if the current trend continues.
"It has been found that overweight people are more likely to suffer from diabetes, hypertension, strokes, and cancers."
Spanish Cardiology Magazine published a study that estimates the country's health system will incur costs of €3 billion because of this epidemic.
According to the experts, it's not an aesthetic issue but rather a health issue. It has long been known that obesity has a high risk of causing various diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, stroke, cancer, and other cardiovascular disorders.
Using scientific literature published in Spain between 1987 and 2014 on epidemiology and obesity and excess weight prevalence, researchers at the Barcelona hospital compiled an accurate picture of the country's population. To estimate obese and overweight figures, we cross-referenced the trend data with data from the National Statistics Institute covering the general population. According to the results, the future is "alarming."
Dr Albert Goday, Author Of The Study:
The number of overweight people has increased by three million over the past decade, according to Dr Albert Goday, another study author. If this trend continues, the cases will increase by 16% by 2030."
The tendency to gain excess weight in men usually begins to decline around 50, according to "Goday" In women over 50, obesity is rising. Hormonal metabolism plays an integral role in these issues. Weight control becomes more difficult for women as they age."
In the opinion of health experts, even the smallest weight loss can reduce people's risk of contracting any known illnesses associated with obesity. Goday points out, "we won't be able to find the key to this or a vaccine overnight, or even in the next few years." However, any minor intervention will improve the chances of reducing this risk. Although it may seem that you have made a huge effort and have only lost four kilos when there is still so much to lose, you must consider that those four kilos are already reducing the risk of certain illnesses in your body."