Almost half of Turkish population is overweight, research shows
The research also provided information about the health problems of the Turkish population. According to the research, 16.1 percent of the population complains about musculoskeletal problems, 13.8 percent about rheumatism, 13.5 percent about hypertension, 13 percent about ulcers and 10.4 percent about migraines.
Only 61.1 percent of the population above the age of 15 had their blood pressure taken at least once in their lifetime, while a mere 33.1 percent had their cholesterol levels measured. The research revealed that children between the ages of 0 and 6 suffer most from upper respiratory infection with 39.4 percent, which is followed by diarrhea with 25.6 percent. Then comes anemia (11.3 percent), dental problems (9.1 percent) and contagious diseases such as measles and chicken pox (8.9 percent).
Children between the ages of 7 and 14 are affected most by infectious diseases (46.3 percent), dental problems (26.3 percent), eye diseases (16.8 percent) and skin problems (8.7 percent). Individuals above the age of 15 report musculoskeletal problems (22.7 percent), rheumatism pains (17.6 percent), ulcers (15.4 percent), migraines (15.4 percent) and hypertension (14.8 percent).