The use of tablets, smartphones and computers is physically affecting Dutch children, according to health service GGD. The service is increasingly receiving reports from schools about pupils suffering from eye disorders, unhealthy weights, neck complaints and a disturbed night rhythms - "consequences of excessive screen time", according to the GGD, newspaper AD reports.
Last year 15.8 percent of children and young people, between the ages of 2 and 25, were overweight, compared to 12.5 percent in 2000. A quarter of young adults, aged between 18 and 25, were overweight, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.
The number of Dutch adults who smoke and drink are slowly decreasing, but the number of overweight people in the Netherlands is still stable, according to the Health Survey and Lifestyle Monitor for 2018 by Statistics Netherlands and public health service RIVM. Last year 50 percent of Dutch were overweight, 22.4 percent smoked at least sometimes, and 9 percent were heavy drinkers, NU.nl reports.
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.
Summer temperatures of up to 33 degrees expected in the Netherlands this week triggered national health institute RIVM to issue a heat warning for most of the Netherlands. The heat warning is in effect for the seven provinces in central and southern Netherlands between Monday and Thursday, NU.nl 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.
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.
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.
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".
Employers are increasingly only hiring employees who look fit and vital.
Doctors are warning that children can become overweight and unhappy from extreme screen viewing. Outside school children should be spending no more than two hours behind a screen.
Children can become overweight if they don't sleep long enough according to neurologist Hans Hamburger from the WaakSlaapCentrum in the Slotervaartziekenhuis hospital, het Parool reports.
Men who are overweight are at higher risk of erectile dysfunction and loss of libido, which in turn is a precursor of cardio vascular diseases within 2-5 years, according to Urologist Herman Leliefeld.
Police officers are slightly less healthy than the average person. 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.