It's people between the ages of 45 and 64 who have stood for the most dramatic weight gain, whereas the number of obese or overweight people between the ages of 16 and 29 remains steady at 26 percent. Photo: Alexandre Meneghini/Scanpix

Nearly one in two Swedes is overweight

Swedes are getting heavier, today almost half of the country's population is either obese or overweight, according to an annual survey by the National Public Health Agency. Over the past ten years the number of obese people in Sweden has gone up from 11 to 14 percent, the study found.

Swedes between the ages of 45 and 64 have stood for the most dramatic weight gain, whereas the number of obese or overweight people between the ages of 16 and 29 remains steady at 26 percent.

Claude Marcus, professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, says one of the reasons that Swedes are getting heavier is that an increasing number of people have sedentary lifestyles.

"Even if you have balanced eating habits you may gain up to half a kilo a year if you're not physically active," Marcus told news agency TT.

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