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oecd report

More Swedes Overweight

Published måndag 20 juli 2009 kl 18.52
Soft drinks should be taxed more, say experts

Figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released on Monday show people in Sweden are becoming as overweight or obese as in the rest of the developed world. The OECD's yearly report shows that 33 per cent of Swedes are over weight and 11 per cent suffer from obesity. That compares to an OECD average of 47 % overweight or obese.

Stephan Rössner, professor at Karolinska University Hospital, says that it is the OECD countries' very development that is causing the increased amounts of fatness, since industry makes sure there's plenty of good, cheap food, and this is coupled to long working hours, where few get the time to cook for themselves. The professor also says that some products are so closely related to overweight that they should be hit with extra tax; one example is soft drinks.

Finn Rasmussen is professor in Social Medicine at the Karolinska Institute. Agrees with his colleague and says that now there is a need for political action.

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