By Andria Kades
ALMOST 30 per cent of people in Cyprus are obese, according to a study by the Cyprus Dieticians Association (CDA).
Specifically, 47 per cent of men have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 25 and 30 classing them overweight while 26 per cent are women. In regards to obesity, 29 per cent are males and 27 per cent are females with a BMI over 30.
This comes at a time when World Health Organisation predicts 77 per cent of Greek men will be overweight be 2030.
The CDA also found that 29 per cent of people eat out once a week at restaurants, or eat from takeaways and fast food outlets while 25 per cent do so two or three times and week and 5 per cent daily.
Almost three quarters never eat breakfast.
The health ministry said not eating breakfast or brunch “burdens normal body functions” and that a balanced diet should “aim to optimise health, avoid nutritional deficiencies and reduce risks for chronic diseases.”
It added that “a balanced diet does not mean that we should consume certain foods and exclude others.”
A 15 – 30 minute walk is recommended two hours after every meal which helps burn calories, digestion, improve blood glucose levels and reduce blood pressure as well as helping the body manage stress.
A whopping 86 per cent said they had consumed alcohol within the past 12 months while olive oil is the most popular cooking ingredient used by 62 per cent.
Titled, the Epidemiological Study on the level of obesity and overweight people in Cyprus and assessing nutrition habits of the Cypriot citizen was completed with the cooperation of the University of Nicosia and the contribution by the University of Crete and Harokopio University in Athens. It was funded by the Research Promotion Foundation.