Malta registers highest obesity rates in EU according to EC report

Malta has registered the highest obesity rates in the EU, with more than a quarter of adults in 2017 and one third of 15-year-olds in 2013-4 being overweight or obese. The new Malta Country Health Profile 2019 report highlighted that this was a major challenge for public health.

The European Commission Representation in Malta presented the Malta Country Health Profile 2019 earlier this week. The report found that the socioeconomic inequalities in life expectancy and self-reported health status persisted when compared to previous reports.

The Maltese Health Profile highlights that the prevalence of diabetes is growing. It also found that socioeconomic inequalities in life expectancy and self-reported health status persist when compared to previous reports.

In a statement the European Commission Representation in Malta said that it launched the Country Profile on Wednesday. Gemma Williams, a research fellow from the European Observatory on Health Systems and Polices and Peter Borg, Policy Officer from the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety presented the report to the Maltese stakeholders and press.

According to the report, the Maltese population enjoys one of the longest life expectancy in the EU. Maltese people spend the majority of their lives in good health, with 67% of life after age 65 spent without chronic diseases and disabilities. This is higher share than the EU average.

It also emerged that Malta recorded one of the largest increases in per capita health expenditure in the EU over the last decade.

The State of Health in the European Union is a European Commission initiative which brings together data and insights into health and health systems in European Union countries, in cooperation with the OECD and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. The State of Health in the EU’s Country Health Profiles are designed to be a one-stop-shop for knowledge and information on a country’s health system, put into the perspective of a cross-EU comparison and are accompanied by a Companion Report.