Danish News in Brief: Denmark has Europe’s smallest proportion of ‘severely overweight’ adults

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New figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) regarding adult obesity reveal there is some good news for adult Danes. Although a fifth of them are classified as ‘severely overweight’, Denmark is still the EU country with the fewest adults in that category, DR Nyheder reports.

This comes hot on the heels of another WHO report on child obesity published in May, where Denmark was also near the bottom.

Move it, groove it
Danes should not rest on their laurels, though. The same tendency towards more and more people becoming overweight can also be seen here.

“Fundamentally, the problem is that we don’t move around enough,” said Morten Grønbæk, the head of the government health institute Statens Institut for Folkesundhed.

“Generally speaking we are living more unhealthily than we did 5-10 years ago,” added Grønbæk.

He ain’t heavy …
When it comes to Body Mass Index (BMI), a measurement of body fat based on a person’s weight relative to their height, 19.7 percent of the Danish population have a score of over 30, which qualifies them as being ‘severely overweight’ or obese.

Sweden has more, with 20.6 percent, whilst the UK comes bottom with 27.8 percent in this category.

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