Nordic monitoring of diet, physical activity and overweight
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Nordic monitoring of diet, physical activity and overweight

First collection of data in all Nordic Countries 2011

The report describes the results of the first collection of data in the joint Nordic monitoring study of diet, physical activity and overweight. The study provides baseline data for frequency of intake in selected foods, physical activity level and prevalence of overweight and obesity in the Nordic countries. Telephone interviews were performed in the Nordic countries with the same validated questionnaire using simple indicator questions. The interviews were carried out in the autumn of 2011 including 9153 adults and 2479 children. The results show that all countries are far from the goals in the Nordic Plan of Action and there are areas to be improved in all countries. The study gives a good status for dietary intake indicators, indicators for physical activity, sedentary time and overweight which makes it possible follow changes in these parameters over time in the Nordic countries.

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Nordic Council of Ministers

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As an important element in the Nordic Plan of Action on better Health and Quality of Life through diet and physical activity, the Nordic Council of Ministers decided to carry out a joint Nordic monitoring study of diet, physical activity and overweight. The current report describes the results of the first collection of data in the five Nordic countries. The aim of this first study was to provide baseline data for frequency of intake in selected foods; physical activity level and prevalence of overweight and obesity in the Nordic countries. Furthermore, the objectives are to compare results between countries and to compare with existing recommendations where possible. A further objective is to investigate social inequality in diet and physical activity.