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Over 25% of Russians have obesity – chief dietitian

December 18, 2012, 21:01 UTC+3

Women have obesity more often than men

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MOSCOW, December 18 (Itar-Tass) —— More than 25 percent of Russians are obese, and more than 50 percent have excessive weight, according to Viktor Tutekman, Russia's chief dietitian and director of the of the Research Institute of Nutrition of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences.

"Every year, our institute examines about 1,500 people across Russia. This is a representative sample. Overeating inevitably leads to obesity," he said. "The figures in Russia are like this: more than 25 percent of the population have obesity, and 55 percent - excessive weight. Hence, there is a whole bunch of diseases: cardio-vascular diseases, pancreatic diabetes, some types of cancer, and so on."

Some five to seven years ago, about 23 percent of Russians had obesity, noted Alexander Baturin, the institute's deputy director. Women have obesity more often than men. "In terms of the number obesity cases, our women leave behind many European countries".

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