New study reveals 60% of Belarusians are overweight

New study reveals 60% of Belarusians are overweight

Belarusians suffer from increased blood pressure, but ignore therapy. The first results of a large-scale study conducted in Belarus during five months under the auspices of the EU, the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health were finally published.

Almost 45% of respondents suffer from increased blood pressure. At the same time, knowing about the disease, not everyone takes the necessary measures: less than half of men and 65% of women.

Tatyana Migal, Deputy Head of the Main Directorate for Medical Care Organization, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus:
We studied such risk factors as smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, blood pressure, nutrition and many others.

Batyr Berdyklychev, representative of the World Health Organization in Belarus:
Such a large-scale study is being conducted in Belarus for the first time. We now have a lot of data for analysis and for planning preventive activities for noncommunicable diseases.

The study also showed that over 60% of the population are overweight and a quarter is obese. Experts worked to assess the risk factors of non-communicable diseases, to clarify the effectiveness of preventive measures. Participating in the survey were almost 6,000 people at the age from 18 to 69 years.