Adults in Europe are overweight due to online food apps and gaming: WHO

The World Health Organization in a recent study stated that the overuse of online food delivery apps and gaming apps escalated the adults in Europe to become obese and overweight, which implies that 60% of adults and a third of children are obese. WHO made it clear that overweight and obesity rates have reached epidemic proportions across the Region, the case is on a steady way that no European country is on track to stop obesity from rising by 2025, said WHO.

The report by WHO submitted in the section of the regional office for Europe suggested restricting the marketing of unhealthy foods to children, cutting the cost of healthy food, and encouraging all ages to exercise more. The rates of overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions, said WHO in the European Regional Obesity Report 2022. 

Further, WHO makes it clear that this obesity epidemic is causing around 200,000 cancer cases and 1.2 million deaths a year. According to the report, the obesity surge or overweight of Europe adults is due to food apps and online gaming is very high in European countries other than any countries except the US. 

Obesity is linked to a string of other diseases, including musculoskeletal complications, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and at least 13 types of cancer. The report said excess body fat led to premature death and was a leading risk factor for disability. Likewise in Europe, Central Asia is also having this issue right now and most adults are least bothered about it, WHO noted in its report. 

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The environmental factors which are living in the highly digitized societies of modern Europe are the main drivers of obesity. Carrying too much obesity may lead to types of body and health issues, and there might occur disability in many cases, said WHO. 

Obesity increases the risk for many NCDs, including cancers, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and chronic respiratory diseases. For example, obesity is considered a cause of at least 13 different types of cancer and is likely to be directly responsible for at least 200 000 new cancer cases annually across the Region, with this figure set to rise further in the coming years. Overweight and obesity are also the leading risk factor for disability, causing 7% of total years lived with disability in the Region. Overweight people and those living with obesity have been disproportionately affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been unfavorable shifts in food consumption and physical activity patterns during the pandemic that will have effects on population health in the years ahead and will need significant effort to reverse. 

One of the researchers UK also said eating a takeaway meal means consuming 200 more calories per day, on average, than food prepared at home. Over the course of a week, this could mean a child eating the equivalent of an extra day’s worth of calories. In view of this, some the restaurants in Uk have made a system that makes it compulsory to show calorie information. WHO also recommends adults make likewise moves to their respective countries.