Nearly 60% of Hungarians Overweight

  • 27 Jul 2021 1:45 PM
  • Budapest Business Journal
Nearly 60% of Hungarians Overweight
Around 2.7% of the Hungarian population was underweight in 2019, while 38.9% had average weight and 58.3% were overweight based on their body mass index (BMI), according to data compiled by EU statistical agency Eurostat.

The overweight category included 34.5% of the entire population who were pre-obese and 23.9% who were obese.

In the European Union as a whole, the share of underweight people was at 2.9%, 45.8% had normal weight, and 51.3% were overweight.

The highest percentages were recorded in Croatia and Malta, where 65% of adults were considered overweight in 2019.

In all EU Member States, a higher share of men than women was overweight in 2019. In Hungary, the share was 65.3% for men and 52.1% for women.

BMI is a measure of a person's weight relative to their height that links fairly well with body fat.

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