In Switzerland, like much of the world, far more men than women are overweight or obese.
In Switzerland more than twice as many men (42%) as women (20%) are overweight or obese.
62% of men in Switzerland between the ages of 50 to 64 are obese or overweight. The same figure for women is 40%, a still alarming figure.
54% of men between the ages of 25 and 49 are obese of overweight compared to 28% of women of the same age.
The excess-weight problem seems to start early. 33% of young males (15-24) in Switzerland are obese or overweight compared to 17% of females of the same age.
Obesity in Switzerland costs nearly CHF 8 billion a year, or around CHF 1,000 per person. The most costly obesity-induced ailments are depression (22%), osteoarthritis – extra weight stresses joints and fat tissue produces proteins associated with joint inflammation (21%), diabetes (19%), heart disease (19%) and asthma (10%).
Some experts think men are less likely to view excess weight as a problem and are less likely to diet or join a weight loss programme. Why is this?
The obesity figures are based on the body mass index (BMI).