Mar 03, 2024

Over a third of Czechs Projected to be Obese by 2030

A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than a third of the Czech Republic’s population will be obese by 2030. This concerning trend extends to children, with the number of obese youngsters also on the rise.

According to the Ministry of Health’s strategic document “Health 2030,” the proportion of obese women in the Czech Republic has increased from 26% to over a third in just five years. Men are not far behind, with obesity rates also steadily climbing.

The Ministry highlights the significant burden that obesity places on the Czech healthcare system, estimating annual costs of CZK 30 billion. The wider economic impact is estimated to be around CZK 100 billion.

Dr. Michal Haluzik, head of the Centre of Diabetology at the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM), emphasizes the serious health risks associated with obesity. “Obesity significantly increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases,” he warned in a press release for World Obesity Day.

Over one million Czechs currently live with diabetes, and obesity raises the risk of developing it by up to 80%. Additionally, obesity is linked to various cardiovascular issues, including heart attacks, high blood pressure, and strokes. Individuals struggling with obesity and not taking action to manage their weight can expect a seven-year reduction in life expectancy on average.

Rising childhood obesity rates

The statistics for children are equally concerning. In 2010, 10% of Czech children were classified as obese, while this number jumped to 16% just three years ago. Parents play a crucial role in preventing childhood obesity.

“Addressing childhood obesity requires parental involvement and support. Unfortunately, parents of obese children often struggle with their own weight, making it difficult for them to recognize the problem in their children,” said psychologist Iva Málková in a press release from Stop Obesity.

The issue of obesity is primarily prevalent in developed nations, with countries like the United States reporting obesity rates as high as 42% between 2017 and 2020.

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