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Parliamentary questions
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17 June 2016
E-004932-16
Question for written answer E-004932-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Kostas Chrysogonos (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Alarming figures on obesity
 Answer in writing 

The OECD's 2015 report Health at a Glance contains alarming figures about the percentage of citizens and especially children who are facing obesity. According to this report, obesity is one of the greatest health challenges of the 21st century, since, especially in Europe, it is three times as common as in the 1980s, and by 2030 it is expected to affect up to one in two Europeans.(1) Obesity is also considered responsible for the spread of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension etc. Of even greater concern, however, is the fact that these figures are more pronounced among children, since in Greece already about one in two boys between 10 to 12 years of age is overweight, followed by the UK which has a figure of 35%.(2)

In view of the above, will the Commission say:
1. Does it monitor World Health Organisation surveys on obesity?
2. What steps will it take to curb the growth of this phenomenon?
3. The OECD report proposes an increase in the price of types of food that are considered sources of fat and sugar. Does it agree with this strategy?

(1)http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/social-issues-migration-health/health-at-a-glance-2015_health_glance-2015-en#page1
(2)http://www.kathimerini.gr/860636/article/epikairothta/ygeia/kalpazei-h-paidikh-paxysarkia-sthn-ellada

Original language of question: EL 
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