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Half of Dutch people are too fat

More than half of the Dutch population is overweight or obese, shocking figures have revealed.

The statistics, released by Dutch Public Health, show 60 percent of men in the Netherlands are too fat, and 44 percent among women.

One in seven people in the Netherlands are so fat it threatens their health, according to the research of the Dutch National Institute for Health and Environment (RIVM) among 4000 Dutch between 30 and 70 years.

Mainly women between 30 and 39 years old have become fatter, when compared to the last research on obesity 15 years ago.

Minister Edith Schippers (Health) is concerned about the increase. She has earmarked 70 million for sports promotion and strongly recommends that they take regular exercise.