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Federal government explains: More and more Germans are obese.

The response of the black and yellow federal government to a small question from the Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen faction reveals that more and more people in Germany are obese. The proportion of morbidly obese (obese) men has increased from twelve percent in 1999 to 16 percent in 2009/2010. The proportion of women with obesity increased from 11 to 15 percent in the same period, the Federal Government said.

With reference to the “Health in Germany current” (GEDA) survey, which is carried out annually by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the Federal Government announced that the proportion of morbidly obese people with a body mass was recorded for both women and men Index (BMI) of over 30 has increased significantly. However, the number of normally overweight people, i.e. people with a BMI between 25 and 30 percent, has remained almost unchanged from 1999 until now, the Federal Government replied. As in 1999, the percentage of overweight men in 2009/2010 was still 44 percent and the percentage of overweight women was 29 percent, the Federal Government said, referring to the information provided by the GEDA health survey.

In its statement on the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents, the Federal Government refers to the study "Health of Children and Adolescents" (KiGGS study, 2003 to 2006), in which the most current figures are provided. According to this, 8.8 percent of three- to 17-year-old boys and 8.5 percent of girls of the same age are overweight (BMI from 25 to 30) and 6.3 percent of boys and 6.4 percent of girls are obese (BMI over 30 ), the federal government said. The proportion of overweight children and adolescents aged up to 17 years has increased by 1.5 percent since 1999. The proportion of obese children and adolescents, on the other hand, has more than doubled with an increase of three percentage points, the Federal Government replied to the corresponding request from Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen.

In addition, the Federal Government's response points to the high priority that the government parties place on promoting a healthy lifestyle. This becomes clear in the action plan "IN FORM - Germany's initiative for healthy eating and more exercise", which pursues the goal of sustainably improving the eating and exercise habits of Germans. With a running time until 2020, the action plan should help "that adults live healthier, children grow up healthier and benefit from a higher quality of life as well as an improved performance in education, work and private life", it said in the current statement of the federal government. (fp)

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