Almost half of Turkish population is overweight, research shows

March 12, 2009, Thursday/ 16:05:00
The Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat) recently released its "Health Research, 2008" report, which states that 47.2 percent of the Turkish population is either overweight or obese.The figure is 49.2 percent among males and 45.2 percent among females. Women living in rural areas have a greater tendency to become obese when compared to women living in urban areas, the research showed. More than 19 percent of women in rural areas are obese while this figure is around 6.7 percent among women in urban areas.

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).

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