“We’re in the midst of a global epidemic that has reached Israel—the obesity epidemic,” said Dr. Oyero, a specialist in family medicine and an obesity doctor at Maccabi Health Services, according to Ynet.

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According to a National Program for Quality Indicators report recently released, both obesity and smoking are rising in Israel.

“The data shows that the epidemic is weakening among the overall population, but we know that those in a low socio-economic group are more exposed to it,” said Oyero.

The data regarding Israelis’ cigarette consumption also is concerning. Approximately 20.1% of Israelis aged 16 to 74 smoke, up from 19.6% in 2019.