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Study reveals that half of Israeli adults are overweight

It found that 55 percent of men and 41 percent of women are overweight. The statistics were very similar to data gathered in 2010.

An obese woman in Machane Yehuda market in Jerusalem on Sep. 14. 2010. Photo by Serge Attal/Flash90.
An obese woman in Machane Yehuda market in Jerusalem on Sep. 14. 2010. Photo by Serge Attal/Flash90.

A new study released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics revealed that approximately half of Israelis over the age of 20 are overweight.

Published on Monday, the study found that 55 percent of men and 41 percent of women are overweight. Though 54 percent of Arabs were found to be overweight, as compared to 46 percent of Jews, 54 percent of Jews said they wanted to lose weight, as opposed to just 41 percent of Arabs.

More than 30 percent of Israelis within the normal weight range also said they wanted to lose weight.

As for diet, 41 percent of Israelis reported eating at least three vegetable dishes a day, 4 percent eat two helpings of fruit or more, 60 percent eat legumes at least twice a week, and 38 percent said they drank at least three glasses of sweetened drinks per day. Just 25 percent of Israelis said they ate red or processed week three times per week or more.

The statistics were very similar to data gathered in 2010.

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