Spaniards are packing on the kilos at an alarming rate.
That’s according to an investigation by the country’s Mar de Barcelona hospital –backed up by the World Health Organisation – which found that 80 percent of Spanish men and 55 percent of women will be overweight by 2030 if current trends continue.
According to their data this will mean that 27 million people in Spain will be overweight in 11 years time, representing a hefty €3 billion bill for the country’s public health system.
The news comes just months after another study by the US’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation claimed Spaniards will have the longest life expectancy in the world by 2040, largely thanks to the health benefits of their famed Mediterranean diet.
The American institution’s findings clash with those published in the Spanish Cardiology Magazine this week, as the latter suggest there is a growing shift among the Spanish population towards eating foods made up of processed fats and sugars rather than the traditional fruit and veg found in Spanish cuisine.
El 80% de los hombres adultos españoles presentará obesidad o sobrepeso en el año 2030. En el caso de las mujeres, el 55%. Es un estudio del @imimat y @hospitaldelmar publicado en @RevEspCardiol https://t.co/puN5B3Ephj pic.twitter.com/c1U0Y2avHb
— Soc Esp Cardiología (@secardiologia) January 10, 2019
“There are currently 25 million people in Spain who are overweight, three million more than a decade ago,” Dr Albert Goday, one of the authors of the study, said of his team's findings.
“That means that conservatively there will be three million more (16 percent) by 2030 if the trend continues.”
“In men excess weight is more common up to the age of 50 whereas from 50 onward obesity rises more among women due our hormonal metabolisms.”
Researchers used data from 300,000 people’s BMI between 1987 and 2014 to conduct the study and make their estimations.
Adult Body Mass Index (BMI), a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in metres, will classify someone as overweight is it’s between 25 and 30, and obese if it’s over 30.
Being overweight can result in a higher risk of suffering diabetes, hypertension, strokes, cancer and heart attacks.