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Italy’s obesity rate will rise in the next years, OECD says

Italy’s obesity rate will rise in the next years, reads OECD's Obesity Update 2017 published on May 18th. This is tha bad news. The good one is that over the past decade the prevalence rate of overweight and obesity has stabilised.

There is, however, a general problem: no clear sign of retrenchment of the epidemic, in any country. More than one in two adults and one in six children are overweight or obese in the OECD area. The obesity epidemic has spread further in the past five years, although at a slower pace than before.

In the in OECD countries’ ranking, Italy occupies last but two position: lowest obesity rates are in Japan and Korea. Adult obesity rates are instead highest in the United States, Mexico, New Zealand and Hungary.

According to OECD’s report Italy's obesity rate projected to be 13% in 2030 (in 2015 percentage of total adult population, aged 15 years and over, was 9.8).

In the majority of countries, women are more obese than men – however, in most OECD countries for which data are available, male obesity has been growing more rapidly. Inequalities have grown in Italy, Spain, Korea, and England between 2010 and 2014, for both men and women.