London: The proportion of obese women in UK is the highest as compared to all the other countries in Europe, a new survey has found.

UK stands out as having a particularly serious obesity problem among the younger generation, with 16.6 percent of the 18-24 age group showing as obese, with the other countries showing less than 11 percent.

According to an EU study, nearly a quarter (23.9 percent) of British women are obese, which is the highest out of 19 countries that were surveyed, the Guardian reported.The statistics also showed that British men were not far behind, with 22.1 percent being classed as obese, coming second only to Malta.

The research, which was based on data from 2008-2009, showed that the proportion of obese people in Europe's adult population varied between 8 and 23.9 percent for women, and between 7.6-24.7 percent for men.

The study, published by the European commission, shows no systematic difference in obesity between men and women, the proportion of obesity was higher in men in 10 member states, higher for women in eight, and equal in one country, Greece. Only 8 percent of Romanian women are judged to be seriously overweight.