Britain is being labelled “the sick man of Europe”. The main reason for this conclusion is a British government report just released on record levels of obesity, alcohol abuse, along with diabetes and smoking-related deaths in the country. According to the report by the Department of Health in London an estimated 900,000 Britons less than 11 years old can be considered obese, which represents an increase of around fifty percent in 10 years.
And there’s a reported north-south divide in Britain, with the north-east of the country suffering worst from the obesity epidemic. The government report shows that there are 288 deaths per 100,000 people from smoking-related causes in the UK, compared with an EU average of 263 deaths.
Britain stands out as the only EU country where alcohol consumption continues to increase, especially among women. The government report points out that Britons consume more than 11 litres of pure alcohol per year, almost half a litre more than the EU average.