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More than half of Belgians overweight, study finds
People in Belgium drink more but smoke less than their European neighbours - and more than half of Belgians are overweight, according to new research by the World Health Organisation.
The study into European health and life expectancy found two-thirds of men and half of women in Belgium have a body-mass index considered overweight. One in five people in Belgium is obese.
Belgians were the third biggest consumers of alcohol in Europe, just behind second-placed Czech Republic at 12.6 litres of alcohol per year. The European average was 10.2 litres. Lithuania had the highest: 15.2 litres per person per year.
In terms of smoking, Belgium fared better than the European average. 23.9% of Belgians who took part in the study smoked, compared with 29.2% across Europe. Belgium can also boast high levels of vaccination against childhood illnesses: 96% against measles and 98% against polio.