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Overweight and obesity in Sweden: A five year follow-up, 2004-2008
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9291-9342
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 38, no 8, p. 803-809Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE:

The number of overweight and obese persons increased through the 1980s and 1990s in Sweden, for instance for men from 35% in 1980 to 52% in 2007. This study investigated whether this trend continued over the past 5 years, including trends for diet and physical activity.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

The sampling frame in these surveys was established from the Swedish National Registry where all people registered in Sweden between 18 and 84 years in 2004 and 16-84 years in 2005-08 were included.

RESULTS:

There were no changes in the number of overweight (approximately 42% for men and 27% for women) and obese (approximately 11% for both men and women) persons between 2004 and 2008. Approximately 65% of the men and 64% of the women were physically active for an average of 30 minutes per day in 2008. Thirteen percent of women and 5% of men reported consuming at least five servings of fruit and vegetables per day during the 5-year period.

CONCLUSIONS:

Sweden seems to have reached a steady state regarding overweight and obesity. It would probably be fruitful to further discuss life-style issues, such as diet and physical activity, in the Swedish healthcare system and how to deal with the social gradient.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Scandinavian University Press , 2010. Vol. 38, no 8, p. 803-809
Keyword [en]
Diet, obesity, overweight, physical activity, survey data, Sweden
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-5642DOI: 10.1177/1403494810378917ISI: 000285453100004PubMedID: 20823045Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-78650445279OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-5642DiVA, id: diva2:351066
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Annual Meeting of The Swedish Sociological Association 2009
Available from: 2010-09-13 Created: 2010-09-10 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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