Almost half of Dutch people are overweight

A new study has found that almost half of Dutch people are overweight. In the land of cycling? No way! Here are the statistics and should we be alarmed?

Since when are Dutch people overweight?

According to reports since the the early 1980s, the number of overweight people in the Netherlands has tripled. Starting off at 5 percent, it jumped up to 14 percent. Also, obesity is slightly more common among women (15 percent) than among men (13 percent).

According to the Bureau Statistics Netherlands, almost half of all adult Dutch people are moderately or seriously overweight. However, one out of five people with obesity has no problem with their weight. Nonetheless, two out of five Dutch people with severe overweight are dissatisfied.

Are Dutch people satisfied with their weight?

According to statistics, seven in ten adult men are satisfied with their weight. With women, the ratio is six in ten.

How do you know if you’re overweight? That is measured with the so-called body mass index (BMI). This means that the weight in kilos is divided by the square of the height in meters. Adults who are moderately overweight have a BMI of 25 to 30, while adults who suffer from obesity have a BMI of 30 or higher.

People who are overweight or obese tend to be at a higher risk of serious health problems. This includes cardiovascular disease, diabetes and infertility. Obesity can also cause psychological problems.

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Still, the issue in the Netherlands is not as severe as in other countries. For example, according to a world study, in the Netherlands only 19,8 percent of the population is obese. This number is relatively small when compared to the USA where the percentage is at 33,7  and Cook Islands which are in first place with a staggering 50,8 percent.

Do you think that Dutch people are overweight? Let us know in the comments below!

Veronika Licheva
Living the short girl life in the land of giants. Veronika is a content creator who takes great interest in video, photography, and journalism. Her mission in The Netherlands is to build a vibrant and exciting career, while simultaneously petting as many dogs as possible.

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