London: British men are among the fattest in Europe as exercise less as compared to any other country in the world, according to a study conducted by WHO.

The study ranked British men as the third fattest in Europe, with 67.8 percent of males either overweight or obese. It added that these men have higher risk of heart, lung disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.

Males of Greece (77.5 percent) and Malta (73.3 percent) grab the second and third slot.
British men are the 21st fattest of 192 countries while the women are 51st fattest, a daily quoted the World Health Organisation report.

The report said Australian men are significantly fatter than Britishers. More than three in four (75.7 percent) of Australian men are overweight.

It also found that UK is the ninth least active nation in the world, with 63.3 percent of adults taking less than 30 minutes of exercise five times a week. Of the major nations, only Saudi Arabia (68.8) and Argentina (68.3) are less active.

The report warned that insufficient physical activity leads to 3.2 million deaths a year worldwide and put it down partly to the increased automation of life.

The WHO's Global Status Report on Non-communicable Diseases concentrated on the growing global burden of lifestyle diseases.

It calculated that these diseases accounted for almost two-thirds (63 percent) of all deaths in 2008, or 36 million people. That number is set to rise to 52 million by 2030.

(Agencies)