Romanians, getting fatter year by year, study says

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Despite stating they eat healthy food and do sports, statistics show that Romanians are more and more overweight. Over 55% of the Romanian adult population is fighting extra weight, according to a study conducted by IMAS in July 2017 and commissioned by Ponderas Academic Hospital, a center of excellence in bariatric and metabolic surgery.

The statistics show a 5 percent increase as against the figures in 2013.

According to the study, more than half of the Romanian adults are overweight or obese. 40% of the respondents have been fighting extra kilos for the past 5 years, while a quarter of them have been facing this issue for over a decade.

The survey revealed that extra weight is mostly due to the Romanians’ alimentation mistakes. Therefore, almost 1 million Romanians confessed they get to eat only once a day, while about 400,000 have more than 6 meals per day.

35% of the Romanians skip breakfast, which is considered the most important meal of the day. Dinner is the most important meal of the day for 22% of the population. Moreover, over 90% of the respondents admit they eat dinner only after 6 p.m.

At the same time, most of the Romanians eat a lot of bread and sweets. Meat, bread, vegetables and fruit are consumed on a daily basis. 4 in 10 Romanians eat bread daily. 40% of them eat sweets and pastry every day. 12% eat fast food at least once a week.

38% of the Romanians say they are not doing sports at all, other 22 percent sau they are practising sports more than once a week.

The study commissioned by Ponderas Academic Hospital show that 36.7% of the Romanians don’t perceive they have a weight problem, while just 8% state „they face serious weight problems”.

As for the body mass index, the study says that more than 20% of the Romanians are all over the obesity threshold (BMI more than 30).

Underestimating the weight problems, by reporting to the Body Mass Index, shows a double perspective over the way Romanians perceive their weight problems. Obesity is a chronical disease, with serious implications on the quality of life, so we need to be aware of its existence in order to be able to treat it on long term,” said the founder of the center, Dr. Copaescu.

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