4 in 10 Dutch overweight

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In 2012, four in 10 Dutch had overweight, while one in 10 had a severe form of obesity, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

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The number of overweight people has increased sharply in recent years. In early 80s, slightly more than 25% Dutch were overweight, Nos reports.

CBS said that obesity creates many problems. In obese people, depression is a common problem.

Overweight people are more likely to suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and heart disease.

Also, overweight people are more anxious or depressed than people with normal weight.

More than half of the Dutch police is too heavy. Not much more than the average person, but because police work requires a lot of physical effort, officers experience a bigger impact. Officers are also less satisfied with their health and are more likely than average to call in sick. This is evidenced by research of the Department of Work and Organizational Psychology at Utrecht University, commissioned by the Ministry of Security and Justice.