Obesity in Sweden

Sweden is the 90th fattest country in the world, with 12.9% of the population being overweight, and 4.3% clinically obese.

In 2009, the obesity rate in Sweden rose for the first time in 70 years.

Compared to the rate 20 years ago, the Swedish obesity rate has doubled in recent years.

Source: http://www.thelocal.se/20111124/37538

Childhood obesity in Sweden

The obesity rate amongst children in Sweden is higher than the adult population, with 17% of children being heavier than they should be, according to a report by Linköping University.

If these children grow up into overweight and obese adults, it will cause a dramatic increase in the obesity rate for the country.

Measures are being implemented, such as exercise programs for children in schools to combat the problem.

Causes of obesity in Sweden

As with the rest of Europe, the reasons behind the increase in obesity is attributed to lack of exercise, and too much consumption of sugary drinks.