Icelanders Most Overweight Of Nordic Peoples

Published November 15, 2012

New research released by the Nordic Council shows that Icelanders are the most overweight of the Nordic peoples, not eating enough fruits and vegetables, while not exercising very much.
The report (.pdf file) measured the eating and exercise habits of Icelanders, Norwegians, Danes, Swedes and Finns. Part of their results showed that “Iceland had the highest percentage of overweight (approx. 39%) and obese participants (approx. 18%).”
Other results showed that “Iceland had the highest total intake of sugar-rich food”, that “oil is the most commonly used grease for cooking in all countries, especially in Iceland” and that the intake of vegetables decreased with age. Iceland also had the lowest overall intake of fruits and vegetables per day (including fruit juice).
At the same time, Icelanders also engage in the least amount of physical activity of any of the Nordic peoples, and had the highest BMI.
The Directorate of Health, in their summary of the report, indicated that they were looking forward to when the next survey will be published, in 2014, to see if things have developed in a more positive direction.



News
Flooding Strikes Siglufjörður

Flooding Strikes Siglufjörður

by

Heavy and persistent rains have led to an emergency situation as the north Iceland town of Siglurfjörður deals with torrential

News
Iceland Sees Surge In Public Support For More Asylum Seekers

Iceland Sees Surge In Public Support For More Asylum Seekers

by

Icelanders across the political spectrum are showing increasing support for accepting more asylum seekers than the government originally planned. The

News
Drug Dogs Used On Secondary School Kids

Drug Dogs Used On Secondary School Kids

by

Police used drug dogs to search a group of first-year secondary school kids (aged 16) on their way on a

News
Iceland Dairies Want To Ban Swedish Company From Using “Skyr”

Iceland Dairies Want To Ban Swedish Company From Using “Skyr”

by

Iceland Dairies (MS) believes Swedish company Arla is misusing the word “skyr” to describe their “Icelandic style yogurt”, and wants

News
Another Asylum Seeker Attempts Self-Immolation At Red Cross

Another Asylum Seeker Attempts Self-Immolation At Red Cross

by

An asylum seeker threatened to set himself on fire at Icelandic Red Cross offices today, protesting the length of time

News
Conservative Chair Confounded By Pirate Party

Conservative Chair Confounded By Pirate Party

by

Independence Party chairperson Bjarni Benediktsson says he finds the Pirate Party to be “a blank page” and questioned the commitment

Show Me More!