One in seven Danes is now considered clinically obese
The number of overweight Danes has risen dramatically over the past two decades, according to a study published this week.
Twice as many men and four times as many women are clinically obese as in 1987.
The study, carried out by the Rockwool Foundation Research Unit, measured the weight and height of 4,000 Danish families. The results show that 13 percent of people aged between 25 and 44 today have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or over, which qualifies them as clinically obese.
“We’re seeing a significant rise in only a few years. Now one in seven of us is obese. That means we’re following the general development in Europe with an ever-increasing amount of overweight people,” senior researcher Jens Bonke told Berlingske Tidende newspaper.
The percentage of moderately overweight Danes (with a BMI of between 25 and 30) is also on the rise.
Whereas in 1987 one in three men and one in seven women in the 25-44 age group fell into this category, today half of the men and a third of the women in this age group are moderately overweight.