Seven out of ten Bermudians eat fast food once or twice a week, according to a new survey. Two thirds of us are overweight or obese. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
Seven out of ten Bermudians eat fast food once or twice a week, according to a new survey. Two thirds of us are overweight or obese. *Photo by Kageaki Smith

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12: Islanders are fatter, drinking more and slightly less satisfied with life than they were five years ago, according to a new national health survey.

Obesity has become a chronic health problem while binge drinking has increased.

The number of Bermudians who are happy with their lives has decreased in the past few years. But the survey suggests that islanders are still among the happiest people in the world, with 87 per cent ‘satisfied’ or ‘completely satisfied’ with life.

The 2011 Health Survey of Adults showed that we are exercising more and eating slightly less fast food than we used to. But as many as two out of three residents are now classed as overweight or obese.

“We continue to consume more calories than we burn and until we get around this our waistlines will keep getting bigger. We need to stop,” warned Health Minister Zane DeSilva.

Obesity has been blamed for a host of serious health problems, including diabetes and heart attacks.

One in three islanders have high blood pressure — a dramatic increase from 2006 when the survey was last carried out.

But despite the findings most people remain happy with their lives.

Amid an epidemic of gang violence and one of the worst recessions in memory, most of those surveyed were content. Minister DeSilva said this tallied with other data suggesting Bermuda is a generally ‘happy culture.’

 

Special report: Health survey