• Sweden edition
 
Chunky Swedes chase US ‘knee-busting’ obesity

Chunky Swedes chase US ‘knee-busting’ obesity

Published: 24 Apr 2012 13:12 GMT+02:00
Updated: 24 Apr 2012 13:12 GMT+02:00

“It is a clear trend. We see the same developments in Finland, Britain, the US and Australia, but we are still a bit behind these countries,” said orthopaedist Tore Dalén, of the Swedish Orthopaedic Association to daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

According to the paper, there are some 13,000 knee prosthesis operations carried out in Sweden every year, which amounts to three times as many as during the 1990s. The increase is also clearly visible in all age groups.

But new figures from the Swedish knee prosthetic register show that the numbers are soaring among those in the age span of 45-54. In 1990, 80 such operations were carried out. In 2010, the corresponding number was 880.

The figures also showed that eight in ten that have the surgery are overweight or obese, meaning that they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 25. For a man or a woman who is 167 centimetres tall, that would mean a weight from 70 kilogrammes and up.

“It is clear that several more of our patients today are obese and this is something we discuss during our surgery seminars. We generally say that if Average Joe of Sweden would lose ten kilogrammes of weight, the number of knee operations would halve in Sweden," Dalén told the paper.

And according to the experts it doesn’t take that much overweight to constitute knee problems.

Orthopaedist Stefan Lohmander and his colleagues have followed 28,000 Malmö men and women over the course of eleven years. Their study showed that those who were obese were eight times as likely to be affected by such severe arthrosis that they will be in need of knee prostheses.

No one knows how long the new prostheses will last, according to DN. So far, most of those receiving artificial knee joints have been older and therefore less physically active.

Experts fear that many will be forced to have their artificial joints replaced in future, reports DN.

“We are dealing with a ticking bomb. We know that those who are under 65 run twice as high a risk to be forced to have another operation. And the second is rarely as successful as the first,” said Otto Robertsson of the Lund Knee and Hip register.

The Local/rm

twitter.com/thelocalsweden

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

11:05 April 25, 2012 by cogito
The article mentions the "same developments" in Britain and Finland. And yet this is somehow the fault of the U.S. (in the headline)?

Who pays for the surgery and prostheses for the over-eaters?

Oh, wait. We all do.
10:19 May 1, 2012 by Bob Jacobson
Overweight and obesity are two different indicators. Overweight is indeed the body mass ratio. Obesity is the amount of fat in the body. Overweight is the cause of ergonomic problems, as the article indicates. Obesity is the cause of diabetes and death. Imagine your organs wrapped in fat. That's obesity. It's not always evident, but it's always dangerous. It's too bad that in terms of consumption the Swedish "high quality" of life is in this way associated with excess.

I would venture that as in the USA, overweight and obesity are somewhat correlated with class -- although in Malmö where I reside, I see few immigrants, whose means are generally not as great as the native Swedes, who are overweight. So perhaps culture has something to do with it also.
20:56 May 4, 2012 by vivientoft
What I want to know is how they took that photo' of me without me knowing...
Today's headlines
Science
Swedes discover rare Antarctic fossils

Swedes discover rare Antarctic fossils

Researchers from Sweden have been speaking about a rare discovery of mammal fossils in the Antarctic. READ  

Ukraine conflict
Sweden Democrats reject EU-Ukraine pact
The Sweden Democrats have two MEPs, seen here with the party's leader Jimmie Åkesson. Photo: TT

Sweden Democrats reject EU-Ukraine pact

BREAKING: The European Parliament has backed an 'historic' agreement to allow closer trade between the EU and Ukraine, but the nationalist Sweden Democrats were among those trying to block the deal on Tuesday. READ  

Elections 2014
Löfven to get no help from Sweden's Liberals
Liberal party leader Jan Björklund. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Löfven to get no help from Sweden's Liberals

UPDATED: Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund says he has no plans to join a government with the election-winning Social Democrats, as Sweden's political future remains uncertain. READ  

Analysis
'Evolution' for Sweden's crowd-funding scene
Photo: Victor1558/Flickr

'Evolution' for Sweden's crowd-funding scene

The Local checks out crowd-funding in Sweden as US giant Kickstarter announces plans to launch in Scandinavia. READ  

Opinion
Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?
Brit Kester Gibson (left) thinks Scotland should split from the UK but Swede Mimi Coglianos disagrees. Photos: private

Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?

Scotland votes on whether to become independent this week and the Scottish National Party has suggested closer ties with Scandinavia if the 'yes' camp wins. The Local asked two readers if they agreed with Scotland splitting from the UK. READ  

Sport
Malmö gear up for Champions League
Sweden's biggest club Malmö face Juventus on Tuesday. Photo:TT

Malmö gear up for Champions League

Malmö are the first Swedish club in the Champion's League for more than a decade but they face a tough debut fixture against Italian champions Juventus in their Group A opener. READ  

Sweden earthquake 'was strongest in 100 years'
The town of Mora, near where the earthquake hit. Photo: Shutterstock

Sweden earthquake 'was strongest in 100 years'

An earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale shook parts of central Sweden on Monday and experts have revealed it was the strongest in a century. READ  

Elections 2014
Löfven rules out making government with the Left
Left Party leader Jonas Sjöstedt. Photo: TT

Löfven rules out making government with the Left

Election winner Stefan Löfven announced on Monday that he would not form a government with the Left Party, a move that party's leader called a "huge mistake". READ  

Elections 2014
Six big headaches for Stefan Löfven
Stefan Löfven: a man with a lot on his plate. Photo: Sören Andersson/TT

Six big headaches for Stefan Löfven

Stefan Löfven has started talks to form a new government, but the former welder faces huge challenges in bringing together an administration that will work. The Local explains why. READ  

Business
Microsoft to buy Swedish Minecraft makers

Microsoft to buy Swedish Minecraft makers

UPDATED: Microsoft announced on Monday that it was buying Swedish company Mojang, which was behind the hit game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion (17.9 billion kronor). READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Sponsored Article
How to start a business in Stockholm
Society
How I became a surf blogger when I moved to Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Gallery
People-watching: September 11th
Blog updates

15 September

Liten, litet, små & lilla (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej igen! Have you ever been confused about when to use “liten”, “litet”, “små” and “lilla”? Today I’m going to sort out how use the adjective “liten” (small) and the different forms of it. Liten or litet? “Liten” is the form we will use when referring to a noun with the gender “en”. For example: Min pappa har en..." READ »

 

12 September

EU sanctions: necessary, effective and timely (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"Regular readers of this blog know I’ve written about the Russia-Ukraine crisis here. Today I’ve chosen to share an article by the UK Minister for Europe, David Lidington, with my readers: This week the European Union imposed further sanctions on Russia. This decision followed months of destabilisation of Ukraine by Russia, and months of political..." READ »

 
 
 
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Politics
Five possible election outcomes
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week - Hornstull, Stockholm
Analysis
Five differences between the UK and Sweden
Welshman Jonny Luck is now a chef in Sweden
Society
How I opened my own restaurant in Sweden's Malmö
Sponsored Article
Stockholm tech fest: relive the magic
Gallery
People-watching September 8th
Photo: TT
Politics
Feminists fight for first seats
Politics
Immigration cut push from Sweden Democrats
Sheryl Sandberg says women have "low expectations"
Tech
Facebook exec talks women's limits in Swedish business
Politics
Left Party calls for justice and equality
Politics
Green Party wants 'better world' for kids
Lifestyle
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
National
Huge clear up underway after Skåne floods
Politics
Sweden's Alliance reveals full manifesto
Tech
Sweden's highest peak to lose title next year
Politics
How immigration became a key election issue
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

870
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN