Large international beverage and food companies still do too little to make their products healthier and to make healthy products cheaper, and thereby more accessible, according to the 2018 Access to Nutrition Index - a long running international study conducted by the Netherlands based Access to Nutrition Foundation, NOS reports.
Childhood obesity is continuing its steady increase in the Netherlands. Last year 13.4 percent of kids between the ages of 4 and 20 years were overweight, an 10 percent increase compared to 2015, AD reports based on figures from Statistics Netherlands.
Half of the people living in the Netherlands are overweight or obese, according to the newest health monitor by Statistics Netherlands, and health institutes RIVM and GGD. Among people over the age of 65, two thirds are too heavy, De Stenter reports.
People with a body mass index (bmi) of 25 or more are considered overweight. People with a bmi of 30 or more are considered obese. 14 percent of adults in the Netherlands are obese.
The Netherlands is one of the EU countries with the fewest residents that have weight problems, with 13.3 percent of its residents being obese. Only Romania and Italy have fewer obese residents - 9.4 percent and 10.7 percent respectively, according to figures from the EU’s statistics office Eurostat.
Eurostat worked with figures from 2014. Ireland is not included in the study as the country’s figures were not available.
Kids with overweight parents are more likely to be overweight themselves than children whose parents have normal weights, according to the Health/Lifestyle Monitor by Statistics Netherlands and public health organization RIVM.
On average overweight people reach about the same age as people with a healthy weight, according to a study done by researchers from Erasmus MC in Rotterdam along with doctors from America
People in the Netherlands spend shockingly long periods in inactivity every day. Young people in between 12 and 20 years in particular do not move enough, with a massive 10.4 hours per day spent sitting still, according to new research by health institute RIVM
The lower a person's education level, the more likely it is that he has weight problems, according to figures from the Lifestyle Monitor 2015. A massive 65 percent of adults with only a primary school education are overweight and 25 percent are obese, compared to 35 percent overweight and 6 percent obese among those with a high level of education.
Younger Dutch generations are more unhealthy than the generations preceding them and are at greater risk of morbid obesity and high blood pressure, according to a major study done by the RIVM
Online games advertising food make children eat more, according to a study done by Frans Folkvord, a behavioral scientist at Radboud University. Kids who played an online game with food advertisement hidden in it ate 55 percent more of the offered sweets than the kids who played games advertising toys.
The number of people suffering from cardiovascular disease in the Netherlands will increase by more than half a million by 2040. In that year 1.4 Dutch people will have had a heart attack or stroke or will be suffering from heart failure, compared to 850 thousand in 2011, according to calculations public health institute RIVM did for the Heart Foundation
The city of Amsterdam has teamed up with a number of professionals, including pediatricians, doctors and health insurers, to get the 2,300 morbidly obese children in the city to a healthy weight. The goal for this cooperation is to reduce obesity through more efficient and more organized cooperation, the municipality announced in a press release on Thursday.
Dutch coffin makers are seeing an increasing demand for larger coffins, both in length and in width. "It is a trend, we are getting more and more obese", Jan Heddes, director of coffin builder Bogra in Enkhuizen, said to BNR.
The Dutch duo of Boris and Sasha wanted to find out what the effects would be on the body if they gave up eating foods with added sugar and unnatural E numbers, as well as alcohol, for an entire month. The duo was motivated by the figures that indicate that more than the Dutch population suffers from obesity.
The number of people in the Netherlands who are overweight or obese increased significantly last year. Last year 43.8 percent of all Dutch people were overweight and 12.1 percent were obese, compared to 41.6 percent and 12.1 percent in 2013.
Exposure to hormone disrupting substances, which can be found in everyday products such as pesticides, plastic packaging, BPA or canned goods, annually costs Dutch society 5.8 billion euros.
Europe will have an obesity epidemic on its hands by 2030, the World Health Organization warned at a European Congress on Obesity in Prague on Wednesday. The WHO called it a "major crisis".
Syringes of the frequently used Terumo brand could contain epoxy resin, which could unintentionally leak into a patients bloodstream, current affairs program Dossier EenVandaag revealed last night. Based on this information the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) launched an investigation and advised against the use of Terumo syringes.
According to researcher Gerard Kerkhof, Dutch people sleep too little, especially young women. "We have a problem of epidemic proportions." he says. Poor sleepers have more chance of being overweight, have a shorter lifespan and poorer performance. Kerkhof's urgent advice is to stop using smartphones after 21:00 at night.
Nearly 4.5% of all people in the Netherlands have been diagnosed diabetes, up from 2.5% in 2002. The large increase is due to a spike in the rate of people with type two diabetes, Statistics Netherlands reported this week.
Late last week the six suppliers, who provide over a million pieces of fruit to more than 350 thousand students every week, notified schools that they will no longer be delivering the Schoolfruit.
In Sweden and Denmark, selling sweets and chocolates at the checkout counter is illegal. Now, some stores in The Netherlands are also going to relieve shoppers of that last moment of temptation by replacing fatty and sweet snacks with healthier options such as snack vegetables, nuts and rice cakes, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
According to research done by Erasmus MC in Rotterdam and the GGD, young boys with obesity are more likely to bully than their "lean" peers. In addition, overweight children, both boys and girls, are bullied more often than children with a normal weight.