19 December 2007
The Slenderness of Danish Cycling Women
On a global scale, obesity now causes more deaths than famine, but Danish women are keeping slim.
A recent study showed that only 9.1% of Danish women are obese. Only Italy (7.9%) and Austria (8.6%) have a better statistic. In comparison, the UK can't be proud about the fact that 23% of British women are obese - the country is at the bottom among EU nations.
The Danish Cyclist's Union [DCF] isn't in doubt for a moment:
"In Denmark we have a well-developed bike culture, and that is one of the reason's for the high ranking on the list", says Jens Loft Rasmussen from the DCF.
The statistics are no reason to lean back and take it easy. It appears that other countries are merely getting fatter quicker than the Danes. But cycling helps, by all accounts.
Via: Ekstra Bladet among others.
Here are some stats about the allround percentage of countries populations that are overweight (not specifically obese):
1. Nauru 94.5%
2. Mikronesien 91.1%
3. Cook Islands 90.9%
4. Tonga 90.8%
5. Niue 81.7%
6. Samoa 80.4%
7. Palau 78.4%
8. Kuwait 74.2%
9. USA 74.1%
10. Kiribati 73.6%
28. UK 63.8%
43. Germany 60.1%
The three least overweight countries Europe:
108. Denmark 45.8%
111. Italy 45.5%
128. France 40.1%
Via: Politiken and pdf document.