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Slightly fewer adult smokers
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In 2018, 22.4 percent of the Dutch adult population indicated they were occasional smokers. 8.2 percent were excessive drinkers based on their self-reported alcohol consumption and 50.2 percent were overweight.
Nearly 1 in 10 adults are heavy drinkers
Last year, 9.0 percent of the Dutch population aged 18 years and over were heavy drinkers and 8.2 percent excessive drinkers. In this age group, 80.4 percent indicated they had consumed alcoholic beverages during the previous twelve months; 8.5 percent reported they had never consumed alcohol before.
The share of excessive drinkers dropped from 9.9 percent in 2014 to 8.2 percent in 2018, while that of heavy drinkers remained more or less the same. In terms of alcohol consumption among those aged 18 and up, the National Prevention Agreement aims to lower excessive and heavy drinking to 5 percent by 2040.
Over half of adult population are overweight
In 2018, half of Dutch adults (50.2 percent) aged 18 and over were overweight and 15.0 percent were obese. The share of overweight adults was almost the same in 2014, while that of obese adults was slightly lower. Under the National Prevention Agreement, the maximum rate of overweight people is set at 38 percent and the maximum obesity rate at 7.1 percent among adults by the year 2040.
Last year, 11.7 percent of 4 to 17-year-olds were overweight and 2.7 percent were obese. This has not changed compared to 2014. By the year 2040, the Dutch government aims to reduce the overweight rate to 9.1 percent and the obesity rate to 2.3 percent among young people.
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