The lowest share was found in Italy and France, with 45pc of adults overweight

Ireland has the second highest rate of obesity in the EU, with more than a quarter of the adult population in the Republic classified as obese, according to figures published by the European Commission.

The EU-wide survey of overweight rates among Europeans reveals that 26% of Irish adults in 2019 were obese

With 56pc of adults in the Republic classified as overweight,. With the highest share of overweight adults found in Croatia and Malta with 64pc.Obesity is An Eating Disorder

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Italy and France have the lowest share,

Adults with a BMI of 30 or higher are considered obese, while a BMI in the range 18.5 to 25 is classified as normal.

A Eurostat spokesperson said obesity is a serious public health problem as it significantly increases the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes, certain cancers and hypertension.

SOURCE SUNDAY WORLD