Just how do we rate in Europe in the current ‘Globeisty’ charts?
- In terms of obesity alone, the estimates show a big jump for women in the Irish Republic, soaring from 23% to 57%!
- Irish men at forefront of trend, leading an overweight table of 53 countries.
- Ireland is on course to be the most obese country in Europe, according to the latest figures from World Health Organisation (WHO) experts.
- Europe is heading for an unprecedented explosion in rates of obesity and excess weight – researches say Ireland at forefront of the trend.
- By 2030 Europe will face an obesity crisis of ‘enormous’ proportions according to this latest report.
- In Britain, obesity rates are 28.4% for women – the second highest in Europe behind only Malta – and 26.2% for men, the worst in the continent.
Metabolism… how it works
According to Dr Thomas Barber, an associate professor of clinical endocrinology at the University of Warwick and UHCW NHS Trust.
“To use energy from food, we break it down and convert it into a molecule called ATP [adenosine triphosphate], which fuels all the processes in our cells. The by-products of converting energy from food into ATP are carbon dioxide and water. So more carbon dioxide in the air means you’re burning more energy.
Of course if you eat more than your body needs you store this excess energy as fat.
If the body can’t make enough ATP from food, and it’s used up all the glycogen stores [a form of sugar] in the liver, it will start converting its fat stores into ATP instead,” says Dr Barber.
Let’s get making more ATP!