Obesity is increasing sharply in Western Pomerania

Almost every third person in Western Pomerania suffers from obesity

More and more people in Western Pomerania suffer from obesity. This was the result of a long-term study by the University of Greifswald. According to the so-called SHIP study (Study of Health in Pomerania), almost every third citizen is now overweight. Social Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) pointed out the dramatic health consequences on Tuesday. The results are an alarming signal to act against obesity. The minister described the decline in alcohol and tobacco consumption as positive.

Overweight and obesity increases risk of heart attack and stroke According to the SHIP study, one in three men and almost one in three women in Western Pomerania now suffer from obesity. 32 percent of men and 30 percent of women are overweight. Ten years ago, 24 and 26 percent respectively. In addition, the proportion of people with diabetes in Western Pomerania has increased by three percent over the past ten years. It rose to 13 percent for men and 11 percent for women. Over 4,000 citizens aged 20 to 79 years took part in the long-term study by the University of Greifswald.

“The health consequences of being overweight are dramatic. Heart attack, strokes, diabetes and high blood pressure often result from an excessively high body weight, "explained Social Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD). It was important to pay attention to a healthy diet and sufficient exercise in children and to integrate both into everyday life The foundations for later obesity were laid at a young age, said the minister.
From a body mass index (BMI) of 25 people are considered overweight, from 30 as obese (obese). Above all, a high abdominal fat percentage is seen in connection with numerous diseases. Possible health consequences of obesity and obesity are an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke, damage to the blood vessels and hardening of the arteries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the risk of diabetes and dementia is also increasing. According to experts, the causes of obesity lie primarily in a lack of exercise and improper, unhealthy nutrition.

Decrease in tobacco and alcohol consumption in Western Pomerania The results of the long-term study are an important basis for the future health policy of the state government. “We are currently funding prevention projects with 2.7 million euros a year. Around 1.8 million euros go directly to the municipalities. Prevention work is one of the most important building blocks for the health of future generations, "emphasized the minister.

Schwesig described the decline in tobacco and alcohol consumption in Western Pomerania as pleasing. “It is gratifying that fewer people smoke and drink alcohol. This is also a result of the Non-Smoking Protection Act, which has been in force since 2007, and the local prevention work, "said the Minister of Social Affairs. According to the study, the number of male smokers fell by seven percent to 32 percent and that of women by four percent to 24 percent. Alcohol consumption has decreased by more than half in the past ten years.

An increase in the physical confirmation of citizens should also be seen as positive. This development is most evident among those over 50. While more than half of the people in this age group do sports, the trend among those under 40 is declining. (sb)

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