The importance of having a healthy lifestyle is widely known. Nonetheless, in 2018, on average one out of five Belgians stated to not get enough physical exercise. In addition, roughly one out of two Belgians said they did not have a healthy diet. Half of the Belgian adult population was overweight and 20 percent were obese. Therefore, over two-thirds of the Belgian population had a BMI related to various health conditions.
Besides physical activity and personal diets, some behaviors are known to be harmful to physical health. Although the share of smokers and daily alcohol drinkers decreased in the Belgian population, roughly a quarter of Belgians were smokers, and one out of ten Belgians drank alcohol daily. Furthermore, 2018 figures reveal an increase in the consumption of psychoactive substances, especially cocaine and ecstasy.
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