Among the EU member states, the lowest shares of obesity in 2014 among the population aged 18 or over were recorded in Romania (9.4 percent), followed by Italy (10.7 percent) and the Netherlands (13.3 percent), Belgium and Sweden (both 14.0 percent), according to Eurostat.
At the opposite end of the scale, obesity is present among 1 in 4 adults in Malta (26 percent), and among 1 in 5 in Latvia (21.3 percent), Hungary (21.2 percent), Estonia (20.4 percent) and UK (20.1 percent).
According to the European Health Interview Survey, almost 1 adult in 6 in the EU is considered obese.The share of obesity increases with age and decreases with education level.
While 46.1 percent of those aged 18 or over living in the European Union had a normal weight in 2014, slightly more than half of the adults (51.6 percent) were considered as over-weight (35.7 percent pre-obese and 15.9 percent obese) and 2.3 percent as under-weight. In other words, nearly 1 in every 6 persons aged 18 or over in the EU was obese in 2014.
Obesity is a public health problem that can be statistically measured using the Body Mass Index (BMI) of adults.