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Bad Diet and Lack of Movement make Swedish Children Overweight

Published onsdag 11 februari 2009 kl 16.48

One in six Swedish children has weight problems. A new study from Linköping University has followed the growth development of  a group of 17 000 children born between 1997 and 1999.

The children’s’ weight was measured at birth, at one year of age, at two-and-a- half, at five and eight to nine years of age. The parents also provided scientists with information regarding their background, as well as the children’s’ diet and general physical activity.

The study shows that a diet high in sugar sweetened fruit drinks and with a low level of activity is the main danger for children in Sweden. However, a regular bowl of porridge at the age of two and a half could reduce risk of overweight and obesity. Results also indicate that children with fathers with a higher education are less likely to be overweight.

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