People in Malta should walk for 10 minutes a day to improve their health, according to doctors.
They said brisk walking every day was the easiest way to get active, while joining a gym brought ‘huge health benefits’.
The World Health Organisation ranked Malta as the second-fattest country in Europe behind Turkey.
It said found that 70 per cent of Maltese adults are physically inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week.
Cynergi Health & Fitness Club manager Jim Harvey told 89.7 Bay: ‘Why not give yoga a try? It’s a great way to start off and really helps to improve your body’s flexibility.
‘And if that isn’t really your thing, you’ve got another 40 classes to choose from every week.
‘Whatever exercise you do go for, just put your heart and soul into it and your body will follow.’
Start your day the right way! Why not give YOGA a try? And if that isn't really your thing, you've got another 40 classes to choose from every week! Whatever exercise you do go for, just put your heart and soul into it and your body will follow ?
Publiée par Cynergi Health & Fitness Club sur Lundi 26 août 2019
Lack of exercise, poor diet and the heavy drinking culture was blamed for Malta’s obesity crisis by social media users.
One man posted on Facebook: ‘You often see parents buying their children sweets, sugary drinks and things from pastizzi shops before school starts because they are too lazy to make them a proper packed lunch.’
But one parent praised Malta’s Department of Education for taking child obesity seriously.
She wrote: ‘Schools today actively stop families from giving their children unhealthy food.’
Another Facebook user joked: ‘Malta may not come first in Eurovision, but we kick ass in the Eurofatism.’
But it’s no laughing matter.
Carrying excess weight, even if it’s just a little, has been linked to type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease and 11 different types of cancer.
Malta’s chart of shame
• Malta is the least physically active country in the world, with 71.9 per cent of Maltese people qualifying as inactive.
• Maltese children are the least physically active in the EU. Only one in four is physically active.
• Malta has one of the highest obesity rates in the EU (22 per cent), far in excess of Italy (almost 10 per cent)
• A total of 58 per cent of Maltese adults are overweight and 22 per cent are obese.
• Malta has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the world, with over 25 per cent being obese.
• Malta has the highest prevalence of Type II diabetes in the EU – 10 per cent compared to 3 per cent of our European neighbours.
• Less than one per cent of Maltese cycle regularly – the lowest in the EU.
• Malta has one the highest binge-drinking rates in the EU, including 15- and 16-year-olds.
The 10 fattest countries in Europe
The percentage of people classified as obese in countries in Europe – in order from highest to lowest.
- Turkey: 32.1%
- Malta: 28.9%
- United Kingdom: 27.8%
- Hungary: 26.4%
- Lithuania: 26.3%
- Israel: 26.1%
- Czech Republic: 26%
- Andorra: 25.6%
- Ireland: 25.3%
- Bulgaria: 25