In the UK, obesity affects 26.9% of men - the highest among more than 50 countries, including countries in Europe, the former USSR and the Middle East. The data was obtained from a study on the prevention of cardiovascular disease and published in the European Heart Journal.
Women also suffer from obesity in the UK - it is present in 29.2% of British women, with an average of 22.9% across all countries. Also, the British are in the top five for high blood cholesterol, overweight and insufficient physical activity, and in the top ten for episodic alcohol abuse.
At the same time, Great Britain remains one of the most "non-smoking" countries, and only 15.2% of the population suffer from increased pressure there, while in other countries an average of 24.2%.
The authors of the work note that cardiovascular diseases are still one of the leading causes of death in middle-income countries, and being overweight is one of the main factors contributing to the development of these diseases.