Diet: Germans Fatter Than Ever

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Eating habits: The Germans are getting fatter. The reason for this is revealed by the eating habits of Germans, which the German Society for Nutrition presented in the 13th Nutrition Report in February 2017. They also emphasize that the consumption of foods with a high energy density must be restricted in order to reduce the risk of obesity.

Eating habits: Germans are overweight

Being overweight is becoming an increasingly common problem in Germany: 59 percent of men and 37 percent of women are overweight. Men gain a lot of weight with age: At the end of their working life, 74.2 percent are overweight – for women of the same age it is 56.3 percent.

Prof. Helmut Heseker, former President of the DGE, who worked on the topic for the 13th DGE Nutrition Report, explains: “Many people in Germany eat too much energy-rich food and exercise too little.” The options for action to minimize the incidence of obesity become clear in the following eating habits.

Positive eating habits: More variety of vegetables on the plate

The consumption of vegetables (especially tomatoes, carrots, onions, leafy and stalked vegetables), berries, and nuts is increasing at the same time. This trend leads to a higher intake of some vitamins, phytochemicals, minerals, and fiber.

However, the consumption of fresh fruit and citrus fell. Prof. Dr. Peter Stehle, Editor-in-Chief of the 13th DGE Nutrition Report, says: “We must continue our efforts to promote the consumption of foods with a comparatively low energy density. This includes above all plant-based foods such as vegetables and fruit.”

Fish is eaten too seldom

While meat consumption has been too high for several years but has been constant in the development of eating habits, too little fish has been consumed since 2010. This has a negative impact on the health of the population, as important omega 3 fatty acids and iodine for the prevention of coronary heart disease are missing.

Consumption of grain products: good for health

In recent years, eating habits have evolved towards continuously consuming more durum wheat semolina, pasta, and rice. The DGE evaluates this positively: The cereal dietary fibers probably reduce the risk of diabetes mellitus and colon cancer.

More cheese is good, but caution should be exercised

The consumption of fresh milk products has remained relatively stable in recent years, but the consumption of cheese has increased. This development in eating habits has a positive effect on health through a higher intake of proteins, calcium, iodine, and vitamin B2. However, you should be careful with high-fat variants, as they may contribute to a higher energy intake.

The consumption of water as a thirst quencher should continue to rise

Germans drink more water and soft drinks, but when it comes to eating habits, the DGE recommends increasing water consumption even further and reducing the consumption of sugary drinks to avoid obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

The DGE justifies the increase in coffee consumption with the “to-go trend” and warns against coffee specialties containing energy.

One bar of chocolate more per year

Since the year 2000, the consumption of chocolate by the population has risen by a total of 25 percent. Although there is a declining trend in the consumption of sweets, every German eats an average of one more bar of chocolate a year than before.

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