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Health-related behaviour in Europe: How is Germany doing?

Cover Journal of Health Monitoring June 2017. Source: RKI

The population in Germany is more physically active than the European average. Regarding smoking, the data for Germany are quite close to the European average. However, the country does not do so well in other areas of health-related behaviour: Germany has the third lowest level of fruit consump­tion and the proportion of heavy episodic drinkers is above average.

These are some of the results of the issue 2/2017 in the Journal of Health Monitoring focusing on health-related behaviour in Germany and Europe. The authors from the RKI report about the German Health Update (GEDA 2014/2015-EHIS) and compare the results from Germany with those of other EU countries and the individual German federal states. In addition, fact sheets published in this issue set out the results of the GEDA study for Germany on obesity, fruit and vegetable consumption, alcohol consumption, smoking and physical activity.

Date: 14.06.2017

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