Fewer obese children in Sweden: report

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Fewer obese children in Sweden: report

A study commissioned by the National Public Health Institute has found that the number of obese and overweight ten-year-olds is higher in Bollnäs, Västerås and Ystad than in Karlstad and Umeå.


The report compared the incidence of obese and overweight ten-year-old children across all Swedish municipal councils. The findings suggest that there is a connection between children becoming overweight and the education level of their mothers.

The difference in the incidence of child obesity between the council areas disappears if the educational level of women of the same age as the mothers of the children involved in the study is taken into account.

The comparison also reaches back in time and shows that the number of Swedish children with obesity has fallen since 2003, while the number of overweight children has remained constant over the same period.


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