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Obesity in Estonia, Finland and Lithuania: 10-11% of men and 10-18% of women
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In Estonia, 10 percent of men and 15 percent of women are obese. In Finland, 11 percent of men and 10 percent of women are obese. And in Lithuania, 10 percent of men and 18 percent of women are obese. This compares to 28 percent of men and 33 percent of women in the U.S. Obesity more common in people older than 50
In all three countries—Estonia, Finland and Lithuania—obesity was more common in people older than 50.
Less educated women more likely to be obese
In all three countries, obesity was also more common among less educated women.
Only in Finland were less educated men more likely to be obese.
Obesity defined as BMI greater than 30
Obesity was defined as having a body mass index of 30 or more.
A BMI Table can be found here.
Klumbiene J, Petkeviciene J, Helasoja V, Prattala R, Kasmel A. Sociodemographic and health behaviour factors associated with obesity in adult populations in estonia, finland and lithuania. Eur J Public Health. 2004 Dec, 14(4):390-94.
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Kaunas University of Medicine
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