Currently, 17.3 percent of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. While obesity accounts for just under a quarter (4.1%) and health promotion Switzerland announced on Thursday.

Switzerland is struggling with more and more overweight people. The Federal office of public health show that the number of obese adults and children has increased in the last few years. In Germany, around 41 per cent of adults are overweight, ten percent are obese. Of the children, around 19 percent are overweight or obese.

obesity as a disease

The percentage of those Affected increases with age of the children: As a Kindergarten with 12.4 percent, only half as many kids on stage and 1. Class of overweight, such as young people in the upper level with 24.8 percent.

With 19.3 per cent of the lower and middle level, the lowest percentage of obese children since the start of the measurements in the school year 2005/06. This result show that the trend towards a lower proportion of overweight children is also on the lower/middle level will be visible, it is said in the message.

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When reading the different study years can be grouped into four periods, shows the long-term comparison since the beginning of the Measurement, at the level of Kindergarten and 1. Class as well as lower and middle level of an observed downward trend. On the upper level there was, however, an increase that has stabilized but over the last few years at least.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is controversial

For the study, health promotion Switzerland was the Body Mass Index (BMI) of 13’916 children and young people from the cities of Basel, Bern and Zurich to analyze. In the framework of the BMI monitoring of different districts were studied in the cities in more detail.

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The social composition of the population differs in the studied Districts in terms of education, income, and nationality significantly. Tend to be districts have a lower average education and a higher proportion of obese children and adolescents, as the study shows.

A social mix weakens the social inequalities within a residential district. So also the children of less educated parents are in Districts whose population is on average more educated, less overweight than those in Neighborhoods where the share of lower education is higher.

The “Body Mass Index” (BMI) indicates whether we are too thin, too thick or just right. It is calculated from the weight divided by body height in meters squared. The formula is only a rule of thumb, because the Restultat says nothing about the muscle and fat of the body. As “normal” is a BMI of 20 to 25. A BMI of 25 to 30 indicates a slight Overweight, and a BMI of 30 or a change in Diet is necessary. There is one restriction: it is better to have a slightly higher BMI, but well-distributed fat tissue instead of a low BMI with a big belly. Experts recommend: Once per week on the scale. Important is the weight Trend, not the small fluctuations.

reasons for the function of peers from other backgrounds, and different shopping facilities in the Districts or in the fact that some residential areas are more likely to be regular movement to invite, in turn, is an explanatory factor for a lower body weight in the model. (SDA)

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Jennifer Alvarez is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.