Ireland lies in 17th place in latest obesity table
IRELAND now stands 17th in a table of countries when it comes to self-reported rates of obesity, according to a new report.
The data and analysis to come before the European Congress on Obesity warns that obesity levels have continued to rise in most countries over the past five years – although it is is happening more slowly.
Rates in Ireland are at 15pc compared to 28.5pc in the USA, the country with the worst problem followed by Australia at 21.3pc.
The report said that obesity has been virtually stable in England, Italy, Korea, and the US but has increased by 2-3pc in Australia, Canada, France, Mexico, Spain, and Switzerland.
The lowest rate is found in Korea where just 2.1pc describe themselves as obese with Switzerland on 8.1pc and Italy at 10pc.