The reality in Israel: more smokers, more suffer from obesity

In 2021, there was an increase in the proportion of overweight and obese people, especially among women and children. This is according to the data of the report of the National Institute for Health Policy Research.

The data is based on reports from the four health insurance funds – Klalit, Maccabi, Moehedet and National.

It also shows that men are more overweight (39.2% of men compared to 30.1% of women). Obesity in women is on the rise (24% in 2015 compared to 26.7% in 2021). In addition, about 59% of the adult population in Israel aged 20-64 are overweight and obese.

According to the report, in 2021 there was an increase in the proportion of smokers. About 20% of the population in Israel smokes compared to 19.6% in 2019.

Against the background of the intention to abolish the tax on sugary drinks, it appears that higher rates of diabetes were recorded among insured persons from a low socioeconomic status.

“The rates of diabetes and its complications in Israel are high compared to the OECD countries, so the public health system must continue to be improved and nurtured and the aspects of treatment to prevent the complications of the disease and to reduce the significant gaps that exist in the imbalance of diabetes between the different layers of the population,” says Prof. Ronit Kalderon-Margalit, who heads the national program for quality indicators in the community led by the National Institute for Health Services and Health Policy Research.

“The state is the one that is obligated to encourage a healthy lifestyle, and the cancellation of the planned tax on sugary drinks will not help in the fight against obesity and is expected to contribute to an increase in the incidence of diabetes.”

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