Half Norwegians overweight: Gates study

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The Local - [email protected] • 30 May, 2014 Updated Fri 30 May 2014 16:44 CEST
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Norwegians may see themselves as sporty outdoorsy types, but according to a new global study funded by US billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, more than half of the population is now clinically overweight.

According to an analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013, published in The Lancet, 47 percent of Norwegian women had  and 58 percent of Norwegian women have a body mass index (BMI) over 25, qualifying them as overweight. 
 
More seriously, nearly 19 percent of Norwegian men and 18 percent of Norwegian women have a BMI over 30, ranking them as clinically obese, and therefore at risk of a long list of health problems. 
 
"It is alarming if this development does not stop," Mette Svendsen, clinical nutritionist at Oslo University Hospital told Dagbladet. 
 
Predictably, people in Norway are slimmer than those in the USA, where about a third of the adult population are obese, Australia, where 28 percent of men and 30 percent of women are obese, and the UK, where around a quarter of the adult population are obese. 
 
 

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