What do you think which the thinnest countries in Europe are? Insider Monkey recently published an article in which we can find the great answers for this question. Overweight has become on of the most important issues nowadays and according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, about one-third of children and adolescents ages 6-19 are regarded to be overweight or obese. Obesity can seriously damage health and ruin the quality of life. Luckily there are countries that don’t have too many overweight people, but of course it doesn’t mean that there aren’t people living with plus kilos. Doing some sports is very important for everyone. As for me, I pursued Jiu-Jiutso and Jodi for eight years, nowadays I jog with the dogs every day, which is an excellent pastime and recreational sport for me.
We have picked three thin European countries from Insider Monkey’s list: Serbia, Estonia and Croatia. In Serbia BMI is 25.8. A study has shown that a bit less than 50% of the sample represented people of normal weight according to BMI. 24% of the sample was underweight, while others were overweight and obese. And although rates of overweight and obesity are on the rise as a global trend, Serbia is still among thin countries in Europe. That one reason for it is that many people do some kind of sports and physical activity, and Serbia has some very good athletes and success in sports like water polo, volleyball, tennis, basketball. Estonian people’s BMI is 25.5. The rate of regularly physically active people in Estonia is slowly growing, but it is on the rise, which is a good thing. That was represented in a research that showed that around 45% of Estonian population is involved in some kind of regular weekly (twice a week for 30 minutes) physical activity, which is 8.7% more than in 2010. A surprising fact is that around 80% of Croatian adult (18+) population is physically active (in terms of recommended physical activities for health), but only 25.6% of children and adolescents are involved in recommended physical activity. That is why the government is working hard on promoting sports and healthy way of life by education, building sport facilities, etc.