According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) most people in Europe are too fat with 59% either overweight or obese. The number of people who are overweight or obese across the region ranged from 45 to 67%.

The report stated the figures were ‘alarmingly high’ and also said the WHO Europe region had the highest levels of use for alcohol and tobacco in the world, although the region does include parts of Asia. It highlighted that 30% of people still smoked and alcohol consumption averaged 20 pints of pure alcohol a year, which is more than any other area in the world. WHO was commenting after the publication of their European Health Report.

For the first time it appears as if young people may not live as long as their grandparents. The report did praise countries for reducing deaths from cancer, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes.

Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab who is the WHO regional director for Europe said: “This report shows heartening progress. But there is a very real risk that these gains will be lost if smoking and alcohol consumption continue at the current rate. This is especially relevant to young people, who may not live as long as their grandparents.”

If you are worried about your weight or wish to give up smoking in particular, your local pharmacy can be a good place to seek help. They will usually offer free advice without an appointment and have a range of products to help you on your way if appropriate.