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Health Minister fat-fighting measures thin. Jonas Gahr Støre admits he does not have enough tools to make Norwegians healthier. “We must do more to make it easier to make the right choices for good health. Health is much more than ending up in hospitals or nursing homes,” he told Vårt Land, Tuesday. The Minister explained one in five Norwegian ten-year-olds was obese. He warned about the direction aficionados believe Norway is heading.

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Health Minister fat-fighting measures thin

Published on Tuesday, 23rd October, 2012 at 20:34 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

Jonas Gahr Støre admits he does not have enough tools to make Norwegians healthier.

Feet on scales
Feet on scales
Photo: Bill Branson,Nat.Cancer Inst./Wikimedia


“We must do more to make it easier to make the right choices for good health. Health is much more than ending up in hospitals or nursing homes,” he told Vårt Land, Tuesday.

The Minister explained one in five Norwegian ten-year-olds was obese. He warned about the direction aficionados believe Norway is heading.

Official figures have shown 20.3 percent of Norwegian men aged 40-45 are defined as obese as their BMI (Body Mass Index) is over 30. Authorities also fear a child obesity epidemic.

“We eat too much sugar, salt and fat. Experts say we’re 15 years behind the US when it comes to obesity and diabetes. These problems will not disappear just because we want them to,” declared Jonas Gahr Støre.

Norwegian interest organisation for overweight persons LFO lashed out last month at authorities’ eating advice.

A green and white keyhole symbol on packaging is designed to inform consumers about healthier products in shops. Items carrying this labelling contain more fibre, and less fat, sugar and salt.

LFO leader Jørgen Foss called frozen Pizza Grandiosa wrapping that bears the bi-coloured mark “ridiculous”.

“It is completely wrong when obviously unhealthy items are labelled as healthy. I think the government is guiding us to make the wrong choices,” he exclaimed.

“We recommend eating frozen pizza with salad or accompanied by extra vegetables,” said the Institute of Public Health’s Knut-Inge Klepp. “It does not mean that we recommend people to eat frozen pizza every day. It’s obvious there are healthier alternatives when it concerns frozen pizza.”

Health Minister Støre has now launched a review of public health, hoping to find better solutions to the problem. A parliamentary whitepaper is expected by spring 2013.

Campaign ‘Små grep, stor forskjell’ (‘Small Measures, Big Difference) has now been launched. It encourages people to make minor dietary changes that will make a difference to their health over time.

“We need to counteract things if they are as Jørgen Foss says. He is a key spokesperson and contributes to reducing the shame and stigma associated with overweight,” the Minister concluded.



Published on Tuesday, 23rd October, 2012 at 20:34 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: norwayobesity, eatinghabitsnorway, norwayhealthconcerns.





  
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