More than half of Greeks over age 15 are overweight


More than half of Greeks over the age of 15 are tipping the scales into overweight territory, while around 20 percent avoid walking as a rule, even when it comes to going to the supermarket, the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) reported Monday.

According to research conducted by ELSTAT in 2014, a staggering 39.4 percent of Greeks over 15 are overweight and 16.9 percent are obese. The survey also showed that 41.5 percent are in the normal weight range and just 2.2 percent are underweight.

On a brighter note, ELSTAT’S research shows a reduction in the number of daily smokers to 27.3 percent in 2014 from 31.9 percent in 2009, and that Greeks continue to eat fruit, vegetables and salads on a daily basis at a rate of 62 percent.

The survey used a sample of 8,223 households throughout the country and is the second conducted by the statistical authority since 2009.

The next survey will be in 2019.