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WHO survey reveals Greek teens are fattest in Europe

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Greek teens are the fattest in the Europe, according to a new report on adolescent obesity released Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO), which said that one in three adolescents on the continent is estimated to be overweight or obese.

According to the survey by the WHO’s European office, Greece is at the top of the list as 6.5 percent of Greek adolescents are overweight, compared to the European average of 4 percent.

“Despite sustained efforts to tackle childhood obesity, one in three adolescents is still estimated to be overweight or obese in Europe, with the highest rates found in Southern European and Mediterranean countries,” said Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director for Europe, who added there was had been an alarming rise in child obesity over the last 15 years, particularly in Eastern Europe.

The report cited a lack of physical activity, as well as poor eating habits – along with economic factors – as the main culprits behind rising obesity.

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