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Nordic monitoring of diet, physical activity and overweight

First collection of data in all Nordic Countries 2011

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The report describes the results of the first collection of data in the joint Nordic monitoring study of diet, physical activity and overweight. The study provides baseline data for frequency of intake in selected foods, physical activity level and prevalence of overweight and obesity in the Nordic countries. Telephone interviews were performed in the Nordic countries with the same validated questionnaire using simple indicator questions. The interviews were carried out in the autumn of 2011 including 9153 adults and 2479 children. The results show that all countries are far from the goals in the Nordic Plan of Action and there are areas to be improved in all countries. The study gives a good status for dietary intake indicators, indicators for physical activity, sedentary time and overweight which makes it possible follow changes in these parameters over time in the Nordic countries.

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Methods

Telephone interviews were performed in the 5 Nordic countries with a validated questionnaire (Fagt et al 2012). The questionnaire (NFFQ) was simple with indicator questions regarding diet, physical activity, body weight and height, and a few background questions. It took approximately 15 minutes to perform. The questionnaire contained the same questions in all countries except for the questions regarding bread which differed in Sweden and Iceland due to different bread habits.

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