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According to latest predictions released by the World Health Organization (WHO) at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Prague (Czech Republic), Europe will face a big obesity crisis by 2030 (European Society of Cardiology, 2014; Breda et al., 2015). These (so far unpublished) estimates are based on data from all 53 countries that compare the percentages of overweight (body mass index [BMI] over 25kg/m2) and obesity (BMI over 30 kg/m2) for both males and females in 2010 with the estimated levels of 2030. In almost all countries the proportion of overweight and obesity in males was predicted to increase between 2010 and 2030. A few of those estimates indicate that the proportion of overweight and obese individuals is estimated to reach 75% in UK and 80% in Czech Republic, Spain and Poland. The highest calculated proportion of overweight and obesity was calculated for Ireland, in which 90% is estimated to become overweight or obese. The lowest proportions of overweight and obesity were estimated to occur in Belgium (44%), and the Netherlands (47%; European Society of Cardiology, 2014; Breda et al., 2015). One of the most impacting findings was that no ‘plateau’ in adult obesity rates throughout Europe could be found, as the increase in obesity levels seem to persist up until 2030 (Breda et al., 2015).