Multi-nation study from the World Health Organization (WHO) identifies areas for improvement in eating habits, activity levels and weight issues among European teens.
The Health Behaviour in School Aged Children survey is conducted every four years to monitor the health behaviours, health outcomes, and social environments of European teenagers aged 11, 13 and 15 years. In its latest iteration, the survey looked at both lifestyle factors and the prevalence of overweight and obesity among study participants.
Results of the survey included the following information:
• Across the 27 EU countries surveyed, the prevalence of obesity among teenagers between 11 and 15 years of age was 4% in 2014;
• Obesity levels tended to be higher among less affluent teens;
• The countries showing the lowest levels of adolescent obesity were the Netherlands and Norway;
• The highest levels of obesity were found in southern European countries;
• In the UK, less than 50% of teenagers ate fruit or vegetables every day, although they ate fewer sweets and soft drinks than 15 years ago;
• Less than one third of UK adolescents are getting the WHO recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each day;
• Girls were overall less physical active than boys.
Written By: Linda Jensen