23.1% of the Canarian population is obese and 35.1% is overweight, which is why it is above the average for all Spaniards, since the obese account for 22% and those who are overweight the 31.6%, according to a study by the Spanish Society of Cardiology (SEC). According to this study, 53.6% of Spaniards are overweight.
The autonomous communities with the highest obesity rates are Andalusia and Galicia (26.7%), while the Balearic Islands have the lowest rates (11.7%), 35.1% and 23.1%, according to the new data from the Nutritional Study of the Spanish Population (ENPE) published in the Revista Española de Cardiología (REC).
One of the researchers of the study and first signatory of the same, Carmen Pérez-Rodrigo, explains in a statement from the Spanish Society of Cardiology, that the socioeconomic level is associated “significantly” with obesity, with which this health problem affects the most vulnerable populations.
In addition, the expert emphasizes that there is “a significant association” between the probability of obesity and the size of the town of residence, with lower rates in territories with between 15,000 and 50,000 inhabitants compared to those with less than 5,000.
According to the study, the autonomous regions with the highest obesity rates are Andalusia and Galicia (26.7%), followed by Asturias (26.2%) and Murcia (25.7%), while the Balearic Islands (11.7%) ), Catalonia (16.1%) and the Basque Country (16.5%) are the communities with the lowest rates.
In this regard, the cardiologist and SEC researcher Carmen Pérez-Rodrigo assures that the new data obtained in the aforementioned report find an association between overweight and obesity with dyslipidemia and arterial hypertension. And in the specific case of obesity, it is linked to a greater probability of developing diabetes, in addition to contributing to the development of cardiovascular and chronic diseases.