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Norwegians among rich world's slimmest: OECD

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Norwegians among rich world's slimmest: OECD
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Norwegians are amongst the world's slimmest people, with the lowest consumption of alcohol in Europe, and the healthiest pensioners in any country.
Only 10 percent of Norwegians over 15 are classed as obese, according to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), making the country's thinner than every other country in Europe except Switzerland. 
 
Norwegian children, meanwhile, were slimmer even than the Swiss, with just 14 percent of girls and 15 percent of boys classed as obese. 
 
The country's clean-living citizens consumed just 6.6 litres of alcohol per capita per year, the lowest rate in Europe. The French knocked back almost twice as much, with an average consumption of 12.6 litres. 
 
The healthy living appears to pay dividends.  Norwegian women aged 65 can expect 16 more years of healthy life and Norwegian men 14.5 years, putting the country ahead of every other country in the survey. 
 
The annual collection of statistics, Health at a Glance, was published this week. 
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