Thursday 18 January 2018

Holiday Alert! Turkey and Cyprus most dangerous places for putting on weight

HOLIDAYMAKERS heading to Cyprus or Turkey this summer are more likely to put on weight than those travelling to other popular destinations, new research has suggested.

Visitors to the two countries, known for their kebabs, kofte, and sugary baklava, gain between 1.38kg and 1.5kg on average during their break, according to a survey by Fly Thomas Cook.

Those travelling to Portugal and the United States are also likely to pile on the pounds – with the average holidaymaker to the two countries gaining 1.30kg and 1.08kg of weight, respectively.

Anyone seeking a healthy destination might consider Ireland, Canada or Germany, the only three countries to feature in the survey where the average holidaymaker lost weight, while Britons who opt for a “staycation” this year may also find themselves fitter for it – holidays in the UK resulted in an average weight gain of just 0.24kg.

Nearly half of those surveyed said they gained weight during their holiday, and just over a fifth claimed to have lost weight.

Men’s waistlines were found to fluctuate the most. Of those travellers who put on weight, male respondents gained 2.53kg on average, compared to 0.65kg for women. And of those who slimmed down during their holiday, men lost 3.27kg on average, compared with 1.1kg for women.

The survey placed the blame for weight gain on frequent eating out, increased consumption of alcohol and a lack of exercise. The all-you-can-eat buffet, found at many all-inclusive Mediterranean hotels, was also thought to be a key factor.

Top ten destinations for holiday weight gain

1. Cyprus + 1.5kg

2. Turkey + 1.38kg

3. Portugal + 1.30kg

4. United States + 1.08kg

5. Greece + 0.92kg

6. Netherlands + 0.83kg

7. France + 0.51kg

8. Australia + 0.5kg

9. Italy + 0.44kg

10. Belgium + 0.33kg

Promoted Links

Travel Insider Newsletter

Get the best travel tips, deals and insights straight to your inbox.

Promoted Links

Editors Choice

Also in Life