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Parliamentary questions
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2 March 2017
Question for written answer E-001459-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dubravka Šuica (PPE)

 Subject:  Obesity
 Answer in writing 

Europe is facing a serious obesity problem. Almost every sixth EU citizen is technically obese. Obesity is a complex disease, and it is the cause of many health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, certain types of cancer, and mental illnesses. The growing prevalence of obesity adds to health system costs for the Member States, but it also affects labour supply in the market, as a rise in obesity among the working age population results in a decline in productivity. World Health Organisation data indicate that the number of obese EU citizens will grow considerably if the problem continues to be neglected. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates that healthcare costs for an obese person are 25% higher than healthcare costs for a person whose weight is normal. It is estimated that the costs of obesity currently amount to EUR 70 billion.

What will the Commission do to combat the prevalence of obesity and protect EU citizens’ health?

Original language of question: HR 
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