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Denmark's obesity epidemic is out of control - reports

Sunday, 10 July 2011
A record high number of Danish adults are now obese and thus have greatly increased risk of chronic diseases and die prematurely.
The Danish news paper, Politiken  reports on Sunday that 600,000 Danish people over 15 years weighs so much that they have been classed as obese, according to the national calculation Politiken has seen.

Figures are drawn from the prevalence of obesity compiled by the Danish Health Profile, coupled with population figures from Statistics Denmark.

It shows that the percentage of adult with obesity intensity have more than doubled since the 1980s.
While 5.5 percent were obese in 1987, the figure in 2010 was as high as 13.4 percent, never has there been such a high level of obesity observed in Denmark before.


The situation is now so serious that the Health Minister, Bertel Haarder has personally declared that he is "dismayed about the obesity epidemic."

“Obesity is becoming as much a threat as smoking,” says the Minister for Politiken.
“The threat of obesity is getting worse and worse, while there are actually fewer and fewer young people who smoke. The writing is on the wall. It is also going better with alcohol consumption. The only place where things are going the wrong way is obesity.”

Every year almost 1000 people get so thick I Denmark that they must give up to do a job and take early retirement.

Due to obesity, four Danes are killed daily, and the massive obesity put about tens of thousands of Danes in prolonged suffering with diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular diseases.
By Scancomark.se Team

Key Danish Facts
Official Name Kingdom of Denmark
King Margrethe II
Prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen
Population 5.5 Million
Capital City Copenhagen
Monetary Unit Danish Krona (DK)
  1dk = 100 ore
Domain Name .dk
Int. Dialling Code +45
Official Language Danish
Religion Christianity
Main stock market Name NASDQ OMX OMX  Copenhagen 20
Internet Speed 4.7 Mbps (2009)
Vital Links
Statistics Denmark
OECD data on Denmark
Denmark and UNICEF
International Energy Agency Denmark
Gateway to Denmark
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Danish Exporters


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