A majority of adults are obese or overweight in most EU nations and the young are increasingly making Europe a fat continent, the EU's top public health official said Wednesday.
Bad diets based on fatty and sweet ingredients combined with physical laziness account for six of the seven top factors leading to bad health, said EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou.
For years the EU Commission has warned governments to act - but the situation is getting worse. "Everybody has to be blamed - including the authorities, including the industry, including the consumers," Kyprianou said.
His biggest worry is the increasing girth of children. "If we don't act, today's overweight children will be tomorrow's heart attack victims," he said.