The proportion of overweight or obese men is higher in some European countries than it is in the United States, experts said in a major analysis of Europeans' expanding girth.
The International Obesity Task Force estimated that Finland, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Malta have all now exceeded the United States' 67 percent in overweight or obese males.
"The time when obesity was thought to be a problem on the other side of the Atlantic has gone by," Mars Di Bartolomeo, Luxembourg's Minister of Health, said Tuesday.
In Greece, 38 percent of women are obese, compared with 34 percent in the United States.
The report was released at the launch of the 25-nation EU's plan for action on the problem in its member states.
The International Obesity Task Force, a global coalition of obesity scientists and research centers advising the European Union, had previously estimated in 2003 that about 200 million of the 350 million adults living in what is now the European Union may be overweight or obese.
However, a closer evaluation of the figures in the latest analysis indicates that may be an underestimate of the scale of the problem, according to the group.
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