Deaths caused by obesity in Malta lower than EU average

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Statistics show that although Malta has the highest rate of obesity amongst the European Union member states, estimates show that deaths caused by obesity in Malta are lower than the European average.

In his reply to a parliamentary question by PN MP Ivan Bartolo, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne quoted figures published by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Minister Fearne said that Malta had  369 deaths which can be attributed to obesity.

According tot the latest statistics published by Eurostat, the majority of the adult population in the European Union is overweight, 51.6%. The rate increases to 59.6% in Malta, which is the highest rate within the European Union countries.

Malta also registered the highest rate of obesity within the EU with 25.2% of the Maltese adult population being obese. The obesity rate within the EU was 14.9%.

These figures date back to 2014. A more recent study was carried out in 2019 with the results are expected to be published by the end of 2021.