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Tubby German smokers avoid marriage and kids, EU figures show

The Local · 10 Sep 2010, 10:35

Published: 10 Sep 2010 10:35 GMT+02:00

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As the EU’s largest member nation, Germany is often at the top. The largest European economy, no country pays as much money into EU coffers, and no other country issues as many patents.

But according to the Eurostat Yearbook 2010, a massive survey that delves into life for the 501 million EU residents in 27 member states, Germany is also home to some ignominious records too.

The Teutons are among the fattest Europeans; their marriage rate is well below EU average; and they have the lowest birth rate by far.

Only Brits are tubbier than Germans, the statistics showed, with 59.7 percent reportedly overweight, a problem Eurostat blamed unhealthy eating and too little exercise.

“Obesity has become a social problem in the EU,” the report said, calling for better health education and sports programmes.

European men are more likely to be overweight than women, according to the statistics based on Body Mass Index (MBI) figures, with the thinnest women found in Austria and France.

Women were in general healthier than men, the report found. While about half of European men smoke daily, only one-third of women do the same. German tobacco consumption was in line with the EU average.

Meanwhile Germans were less likely to get married than the European average, with just 4.6 weddings per 1,000 residents in 2008.

But luckily for moralists, the number of illegitimate births was also likely to be curbed, because Germany remained dead last in births, with just 7.9 babies per 1,000 residents that year.

The yearbook addresses economy, population, health, education, labour market, living conditions and welfare, industry and services, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, trade, transport, environment, energy, science and technology, and is meant to help Europe's politicians improve their national policies.

It also offers a glimpse into the future, with statisticians predicting when Germany will lose its place as the most populous EU country – 2060 at the latest, when growing Great Britain and France are expected to take the lead.

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In the next 50 years the number of German residents will drop from 82 million to 70.8 million, the report projects.

“Low birth rates, emigration, and the ageing of the Baby Boom generation are the causes,” the report said.


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11:31 September 10, 2010 by michael4096
At least immigrants now know what to do to 'integrate'.
15:26 September 10, 2010 by Wise Up!
Typical result of the welfare state. When the state takes care of all your needs, you no longer have a need to participate in society. One can stay fat, dumb and happy.
15:39 September 10, 2010 by sorochin
So is this the start of a new "fuer das Vaterland" campaign to make everyone fit and healthy and reproduce?????

Wise Up!: We've got no welfare state here in the US, but we've got more fat and lots more dumb than just about anybody. Happy, on the other hand....? And by the way, what's wrong with being happy?
16:41 September 10, 2010 by chimpansi
no big deal.. they just need free prescription of tablets & hormonal injection... add some herbs in their beer and bring them back to life.. outcome will be big fat happy germans having fun.. may be making babies..
17:55 September 10, 2010 by OMFG
@Wise Up - I don't think it's that easy... "When the state takes care of all your needs, you no longer have a need to participate in society. One can stay fat, dumb and happy."

Isn't there more obesity in the US (which is not exactly a state that takes care of all your needs, I would say)?
19:52 September 10, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, I get a lot from reading about ancient Greek philosophers. Protagoras, Socrates, Plato and others really understood how humans should live. And therefore we must ask, what happened? Why didn't the people who came afterwards absorb all of that knowledge and wisdom?

It's obvious that those who live 2000 to 2500 years ago place a much higher value on Psychology. And the fact is, you are nothing if you don't know how to think effectively. As a result, you will encounter a wide variety of problems while you are here in this world.

Actually, human life should be easy. People struggle simply because they lack answers. It would truly be a wonderful thing, if Germany, America and other nations had a modern day Plato.
05:46 September 11, 2010 by proclusian
BMI is a B.S. measure of obesity and of health. The BMI numbers are set so low you'd have to be a Bundesliga starting forward and work out nearly every day, or be 24 and a hipster grifter, not to be "obese" by those standards.

The tyranny of the thin, I say. As long as one is eating healthy and getting a bit of exercise, walking to and from work, say, you needn't worry any more than any other mortal, even if you're carrying a bit of weight.
00:03 September 12, 2010 by DavidtheNorseman
What happens if you take Bavaria out of the numbers?
22:52 September 12, 2010 by vonkoepenick
Proclusian: Keeping people afraid and insecure is a main component of maintaining control. Having realistic standards would let too many relax about the subject and perhaps worry about more pressing matters.
23:07 September 12, 2010 by petrag
Ha,ha,ha, you want tubby? This tall and skinny German lives in Kentucky, USA, for the time being and oh baby, do we have some fat ones here!!!!! Visit Walmart on any given day and you will see human flesh bulging out of halter tops and shorts........it's a trip!
11:10 September 13, 2010 by Gerd1965
Things are so easy: Tubby smoking couch potatoes cannot marry and procreate because they are not attractive to women.
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