One in three Greek children is overweight or obese, according to a new report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which found that Greece, Italy, Slovenia and the US have the highest levels of child obesity among the OECD’s 34 member countries.
Overall one in five children – and half of all adults – in OECD countries is overweight, according to the report which described the problem as “dramatic” due to its persistent spread across the region even though obesity levels appear to be stabilizing.
“The obesity epidemic has spread further in the past five years, but rates have been increasing at a slower pace than before,” the report said.
High levels of obesity are partially blamed on the impact of dwindling household budgets on food choices.
“The economic crisis has made families spend less on food, but poor households have also switched to junk foods with high calories,” the report noted.