For various reasons, everyone is talking about being overweight. A contributory factor has been the marked increase in numbers of overweight people in recent years. There is also no other individual risk factor that has a greater negative influence on so many other risk factors than being overweight.
Being overweight is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, certain types of cancer and other disease patterns. And finally, it has been proved that overweight children as a rule stay overweight as young people and as adults.
Various studies also indicate that the number of people who are overweight or obese (very overweight) has increased greatly in recent years - internationally as well as in Switzerland.
The results of the Swiss Health Surveys from 1992, 1997 and 2002 show that the number of overweight young people in the 15 to 24-year--old age group has remained fairly stable over the last few years, at 9-10%. However, in the 25 to 34-year-old group the proportion of overweight people increased over 10 years, from 17% in 1992 to 24% in 2002. This information is based on the results of questionnaires and not on information measured. According to experience, these figures are likely to be lower than the actual ones.