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Obesity prevalence

Adults, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Age:19-65
Sample size:2127
Area covered:National
References:Der Universität Wien. Austrian Nutrition report 2017. [Österreichischer Ernährungsbericht 2017]. Available from: https://broschuerenservice.sozialministerium.at/Home/Download?publicationId=528 (last accessed 30.09.20)
Notes:NB. Combined adult data estimated. These estimates were calculated by weighting male and female survey results. Weighting based on World Bank Population % total female 2019 (https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.POP.TOTL.FE.ZS - accessed 30.09.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2017

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:18+
Area covered:National
References:EUROSTAT Database http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=ilc_hch10&lang=en (last accessed 25.08.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:18+
Area covered:National
References:Eurostat Database:http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=hlth_ehis_bm1e&lang=en (last accessed 25.08.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2005-2006

Survey type:Measured
Age:30-74
Sample size:1054
Area covered:National *
References:Schwarz B. Abdominal obesity and cardiometabolic risk factors in Austria. RdM O&G 2007; 3: 65- 96
Notes:* It should be made clear though that the author of the above survey noted that although the survey population was well balanced and fairly representative, as they were based in a primary care setting, selection bias towards higher morbidity risk could exist. In contrast though volunteers to health screening programs may lead to a selection bias the other way. The author could not determine which effect dominated.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 1991

Survey type:Measured
Age:25-64
Sample size:1446
References:Ulmer H, Diem G, Bischof HP, Ruttmann E, Concin H. Recent trends and sociodemographic distribution of cardiovascular risk factors: Results from two population surveys in the Austrian WHO CINDI demonstration area. Wiener Klinsche Wochenschrift 2001;113:573-579
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 1986

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:25-64
Sample size:1347
References:WHO Infobase (accessed 2008), Countrywide Integrated Noncommunicable Diseases Intervention (CINDI) programme
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Children, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Age:7-12
Sample size:2510
Area covered:National
References:MINISTERIUM FRAUEN GESUNDHEIT. (2017). Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) Bericht Österreich 2017. Available: https://www.bmgf.gv.at/cms/home/attachments/8/3/3/CH1048/CMS1509621215790/cosi_2017_20171019.pdf. Last accessed 20th September 2018.
Notes:World Obesity estimate based on weighted data from https://www.bmgf.gv.at/cms/home/attachments/8/3/3/CH1048/CMS1509621215790/cosi_2017_20171019.pdf. survey. Note: 92% of the children in this sample were aged 8-9; aged 7 n=3, aged 8 n=1218, aged 9 n=1107, aged 10 n=180, aged 11 n=14, aged 12 n=1. IOTF cut-offs used, WHO cut-offs also available in document. NB. Combined child data estimated. These estimates were calculated by weighting male and female survey results. Weighting based on World Bank Population % total female 2019 (https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.POP.TOTL.FE.ZS - accessed 21.10.20)'
Cutoffs:Other

Children, 2009-2011

Survey type:Measured
Age:6-9
Sample size:14544
References:Mayer M, Gleiss A, Hausler G et al. Weight and body mass index (BMI): current data for Austrian boys and girls aged 4 to under 19 years. Annals of Human Biology. Early online 1-11 2014.
Notes:IOTF Cut off. Reference: Cole TJ, Bellizzi MC, Flegal KM, Dietz WH. Establishing a standard definition for child overweight and obesity worldwide: International survey. BMJ. 2000 May 6;320(7244):1240-3.
Cutoffs:IOTF

Overweight/obesity by age and education

Men, 2017

Survey type:Self-reported
Area covered:National
References:Eurostat Database http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=ilc_hch10&lang=en (last accessed 25.08.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2017

Survey type:Self-reported
Area covered:National
References:Eurostat Database http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=ilc_hch10&lang=en (last accessed 25.08.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Men, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Area covered:National
References:Eurostat Database:http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=hlth_ehis_bm1e&lang=en (last accessed 25.08.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Area covered:National
References:Eurostat Database:http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=hlth_ehis_bm1e&lang=en (last accessed 25.08.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Overweight/obesity by education

Men, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:18+
Sample size:Total sample size in EU = 35100 (Age 18+)
Area covered:National
References:Eurostat Database:http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=hlth_ehis_bm1e&lang=en (last accessed 9 November 2016)
Notes:Less than primary, primary and lower secondary education (levels 0-2) Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education (levels 3 and 4) Tertiary education (levels 5-8)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:18+
Sample size:Total sample size in EU = 35100 (Age 18+)
Area covered:National
References:Eurostat Database:http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=hlth_ehis_bm1e&lang=en (last accessed 9 November 2016)
Notes:Less than primary, primary and lower secondary education (levels 0-2) Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education (levels 3 and 4) Tertiary education (levels 5-8)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Men, 2008

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:18+
Area covered:National
References:EUROSTAT Database http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/health/health-status-determinants/data/database# (last accessed 17th July 2015)
Notes:Definitions are: levels 0-2 = pre-primary, primary and lower secondary education levels 3-4 = upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education levels 5-6 = first and second stage of tertiary education
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2008

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:18+
Area covered:National
References:EUROSTAT Database http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/health/health-status-determinants/data/database# (last accessed 17th July 2015)
Notes:Definitions are: levels 0-2 = pre-primary, primary and lower secondary education levels 3-4 = upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education levels 5-6 = first and second stage of tertiary education
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Overweight/obesity by age

Adults, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:2127
Area covered:National
References:Der Universität Wien. Austrian Nutrition report 2017. [Österreichischer Ernährungsbericht 2017]. Available from: https://www.ages.at/download/0/0/96cd1c88cbede228268b174f1e729558b86604d1/fileadmin/AGES2015/Themen/Ernaehrung_Dateien/Osterr.-Ernahrungsbericht-2017.pdf. [Accessed February 13 2019].
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2017

Survey type:Self-reported
Area covered:National
References:Eurostat Database http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=ilc_hch10&lang=en (last accessed 25.08.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Sample size:7235
Area covered:National
References:Statistik Austria, Herausgeber. Im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Gesundheit. Österreichische Gesundheitsbefragung 2014. Hauptergebnisse des Austrian Health Interview Survey (ATHIS) und methodische Dokumentation. Wien; 2015.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2005-2006

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:1054
Area covered:National
References:Schwarz B. Abdominal obesity and cardiometabolic risk factors in Austria. RdM O&G 2007; 3: 65- 96
Notes:The study population consisted of patients who wanted to participate in standardised health screening programmes.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 1986

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:1347
Area covered:Not nationally representative
References:WHO Infobase (accessed 2008), Countrywide Integrated Noncommunicable Diseases Intervention (CINDI) programme.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Children, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:2510
Area covered:National
References:MINISTERIUM FRAUEN GESUNDHEIT. (2017). Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) Bericht Österreich 2017. Available: https://www.bmgf.gv.at/cms/home/attachments/8/3/3/CH1048/CMS1509621215790/cosi_2017_20171019.pdf. [Last accessed 20th September 2018].
Notes:Note: 92% of the children in this sample were aged 8-9; aged 7 n=3, aged 8 n=1218, aged 9 n=1107, aged 10 n=180, aged 11 n=14, aged 12 n=1. MINISTERIUM FRAUEN GESUNDHEIT. (2017). Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) Bericht Österreich 2017. Available: https://www.bmgf.gv.at/cms/home/attachments/8/3/3/CH1048/CMS1509621215790/cosi_2017_20171019.pdf. [Last accessed 20th September 2018]. IOTF cut-offs used, WHO cut-offs also available in document.
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2009-2011

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:14544
Area covered:National
References:Mayer M, Gleiss A, Hausler G et al. Weight and body mass index (BMI): current data for Austrian boys and girls aged 4 to under 19 years. Annals of Human Biology. Early online 1-11 2014.
Notes:Age ranges overlap
Cutoffs:Other

Overweight/obesity by region

Adults, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:15+
Sample size:7235
Area covered:National
References:Statistik Austria, Herausgeber. Im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Gesundheit. Österreichische Gesundheitsbefragung 2014. Hauptergebnisse des Austrian Health Interview Survey (ATHIS) und methodische Dokumentation. Wien; 2015.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2006-2007

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:15+
Sample size:Approx. 15000
Area covered:National
References:Statistik Austria, Gesundheitsbefragung 2006/7. http://www.statistik.at/web_de/dynamic/statistiken/gesundheit/publdetail?id=4&listid=4&detail=457 (last accesed 27th February 2015)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Boys, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Age:7-12
Sample size:2510
Area covered:National
References:MINISTERIUM FRAUEN GESUNDHEIT. (2017). Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) Bericht Österreich 2017. Available: https://www.bmgf.gv.at/cms/home/attachments/8/3/3/CH1048/CMS1509621215790/cosi_2017_20171019.pdf. Last accessed Last accessed 20th September 2018.
Notes:Note: 92% of the children in this sample were aged 8-9; aged 7 n=3, aged 8 n=1218, aged 9 n=1107, aged 10 n=180, aged 11 n=14, aged 12 n=1. MINISTERIUM FRAUEN GESUNDHEIT. (2017). Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) Bericht Österreich 2017. Available: https://www.bmgf.gv.at/cms/home/attachments/8/3/3/CH1048/CMS1509621215790/cosi_2017_20171019.pdf. [Last accessed 20th September 2018]. IOTF cut-offs used, WHO cut-offs also available in document.
Cutoffs:IOTF

Girls, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Age:7-12
Sample size:2510
Area covered:National
References:MINISTERIUM FRAUEN GESUNDHEIT. (2017). Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) Bericht Österreich 2017. Available: https://www.bmgf.gv.at/cms/home/attachments/8/3/3/CH1048/CMS1509621215790/cosi_2017_20171019.pdf. Last accessed Last accessed 20th September 2018.
Notes:Note: 92% of the children in this sample were aged 8-9; aged 7 n=3, aged 8 n=1218, aged 9 n=1107, aged 10 n=180, aged 11 n=14, aged 12 n=1. MINISTERIUM FRAUEN GESUNDHEIT. (2017). Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) Bericht Österreich 2017. Available: https://www.bmgf.gv.at/cms/home/attachments/8/3/3/CH1048/CMS1509621215790/cosi_2017_20171019.pdf. [Last accessed 20th September 2018]. IOTF cut-offs used, WHO cut-offs also available in document.
Cutoffs:IOTF

Overweight/obesity by age and region

Men, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Area covered:National
References:Eurostat http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=hlth_ehis_bm1u&lang=en (last accessed 25.08.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Area covered:National
References:Eurostat http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=hlth_ehis_bm1u&lang=en (last accessed 25.08.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Overweight/obesity by age and socio-economic group

Adults, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Area covered:National
References:Eurostat http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=hlth_ehis_bm1i&lang=en (last accessed 25.08.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Men, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Area covered:National
References:Eurostat http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=hlth_ehis_bm1i&lang=en (last accessed 25.08.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Area covered:National
References:Eurostat http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=hlth_ehis_bm1i&lang=en (last accessed 25.08.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Overweight/obesity by socio-economic group

Men, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:18+
Sample size:Total sample number in EU: 35100 (Age 18+)
Area covered:National
References:EUROSTAT Database: http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=hlth_ehis_bm1i&lang=en (last accessed 9 November 2016)
Notes:1st Quintile (lowest income), 5th Quintile (highest income) Please note where data = zero, there were insufficient data.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:18+
Sample size:Total sample number in EU: 35100 (Age 18+)
Area covered:National
References:EUROSTAT Database: http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=hlth_ehis_bm1i&lang=en (last accessed 9 November 2016)
Notes:1st Quintile (lowest income), 5th Quintile (highest income) Please note where data = zero, there were insufficient data.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Men, 2008

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:18+
Area covered:National
References:EUROSTAT Database http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/health/health-status-determinants/data/database# (last accessed 17th July 2015)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2008

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:18+
Area covered:National
References:EUROSTAT Database http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/health/health-status-determinants/data/database# (last accessed 17th July 2015)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Insufficient physical activity

Adults, 2016

References:Guthold R, Stevens GA, Riley LM, Bull FC. Worldwide trends in insufficient physical activity from 2001 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 358 population-based surveys with 1.9 million participants. Lancet 2018 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30357-7

Men, 2016

References:Guthold R, Stevens GA, Riley LM, Bull FC. Worldwide trends in insufficient physical activity from 2001 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 358 population-based surveys with 1.9 million participants. Lancet 2018 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30357-7

Women, 2016

References:Guthold R, Stevens GA, Riley LM, Bull FC. Worldwide trends in insufficient physical activity from 2001 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 358 population-based surveys with 1.9 million participants. Lancet 2018 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30357-7

Children, 2010

Age:11-17
References:Global Health Observatory data repository, World Health Organisation, http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.A893?lang=en
Notes:% of school going adolescents not meeting WHO recommendations on Physical Activity for Health, i.e. doing less than 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily.
Definitions:% Adolescents insufficiently active (age standardised estimate)

Boys, 2010

Age:11-17
References:Global Health Observatory data repository, World Health Organisation, http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.A893?lang=en
Notes:% of school going adolescents not meeting WHO recommendations on Physical Activity for Health, i.e. doing less than 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily.
Definitions:% Adolescents insufficiently active (age standardised estimate)

Girls, 2010

Age:11-17
References:Global Health Observatory data repository, World Health Organisation, http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.A893?lang=en
Notes:% of school going adolescents not meeting WHO recommendations on Physical Activity for Health, i.e. doing less than 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily.
Definitions:% Adolescents insufficiently active (age standardised estimate)

Sugar consumption

Adults, 2016

References:Source: Euromonitor International
Definitions:Sugar consumption (Number of 500g sugar portions/person/month)

Estimated per-capita sugar sweetened beverages intake

Adults, 2016

References:Source: Euromonitor International

Prevalence of at least daily carbonated soft drink consumption

Children, 2014

Survey type:Measured
References:World Health Organization. (2017). Adolescent obesity and related behaviours: Trends and inequalities in the who european region, 2002-2014: observations from the Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC) WHO collaborative cross-national study (J. Inchley, D. Currie, J. Jewel, J. Breda, & V. Barnekow, Eds.). World Health Organization. Sourced from Food Systems Dashboard http://www.foodsystemsdashboard.org
Notes:15-year-old adolescents
Definitions:Prevalence of at least daily carbonated soft drink consumption (% of at least daily carbonated soft drink consumption)

Prevalence of confectionery consumption

Adults, 2016

References:Source: Euromonitor International
Definitions:Prevalence of confectionery consumption (Number of 50g confectionery portions/person/month)

Prevalence of sweet/savoury snack consumption

Adults, 2016

References:Source: Euromonitor International
Definitions:Prevalence of sweet/savoury snack consumption (Number of 35g sweet/savoury snack portions/person/month)

Estimated per-capita fruit intake

Adults, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Age:25+
References:Global Burden of Disease, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation http://ghdx.healthdata.org/
Definitions:Estimated per-capita fruit intake (g/day)

Prevalence of less-than-daily fruit consumption

Children, 2014

Survey type:Measured
References:Global School-based Student Health Surveys. Beal et al (2019). Global Patterns of Adolescent Fruit, Vegetable, Carbonated Soft Drink, and Fast-food consumption: A meta-analysis of global school-based student health surveys. Food and Nutrition Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1177/0379572119848287. Sourced from Food Systems Dashboard http://www.foodsystemsdashboard.org/food-system
Definitions:Prevalence of less-than-daily fruit consumption (% less-than-daily fruit consumption)

Prevalence of less-than-daily vegetable consumption

Children, 2014

Survey type:Measured
Age:12-17
References:Beal et al. (2019). Global Patterns of Adolescent Fruit, Vegetable, Carbonated Soft Drink, and Fast-food consumption: A meta-analysis of global school-based student health surveys. Food and Nutrition Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1177/0379572119848287 sourced from Food Systems Dashboard http://www.foodsystemsdashboard.org/food-system
Definitions:Prevalence of less-than-daily vegetable consumption (% less-than-daily vegetable consumption)

Estimated per-capita processed meat intake

Adults, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Age:25+
References:Global Burden of Disease, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation http://ghdx.healthdata.org/
Definitions:Estimated per-capita processed meat intake (g per day)

Estimated per-capita whole grains intake

Adults, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Age:25+
References:Global Burden of Disease, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation http://ghdx.healthdata.org/
Definitions:Estimated per-capita whole grains intake (g/day)

Mental health - depression disorders

Adults, 2015

References:Prevalence data from Global Burden of Disease study 2015 (http://ghdx.healthdata.org) published in: Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders: Global Health Estimates. Geneva:World Health Organization; 2017. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.
Definitions:% of population with depression disorders

Mental health - anxiety disorders

Adults, 2015

References:Prevalence data from Global Burden of Disease study 2015 (http://ghdx.healthdata.org) published in: Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders: Global Health Estimates. Geneva:World Health Organization; 2017. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.
Definitions:% of population with anxiety disorders

Oesophageal cancer

Men, 2018

Age:20+
References:Global Cancer Observatory, Cancer incidence rates http://gco.iarc.fr/ (last accessed 30th June 2020)
Definitions:Estimated age-standardized incidence rates (World) in 2018, oesophagus, adults ages 20+. ASR (World) per 100,000

Women, 2018

Age:20+
References:Global Cancer Observatory, Cancer incidence rates http://gco.iarc.fr/ (last accessed 30th June 2020)
Definitions:Estimated age-standardized incidence rates (World) in 2018, oesophagus, adults ages 20+. ASR (World) per 100,000

Breast cancer

Women, 2018

Age:20+
References:Global Cancer Observatory, Cancer incidence rates http://gco.iarc.fr/ (last accessed 30th June 2020)
Definitions:Estimated age-standardized incidence rates (World) in 2018, breast, females, ages 20+. ASR (World) per 100,000

Colorectal cancer

Men, 2018

Age:20+
References:Global Cancer Observatory, Cancer incidence rates http://gco.iarc.fr/ (last accessed 30th June 2020)
Definitions:Estimated age-standardized incidence rates (World) in 2018, colorectum, adults, ages 20+. ASR (World) per 100,000

Women, 2018

Age:20+
References:Global Cancer Observatory, Cancer incidence rates http://gco.iarc.fr/ (last accessed 30th June 2020)
Definitions:Estimated age-standardized incidence rates (World) in 2018, colorectum, adults, ages 20+. ASR (World) per 100,000

Pancreatic cancer

Men, 2018

Age:20+
References:Global Cancer Observatory, Cancer incidence rates http://gco.iarc.fr/ (last accessed 30th June 2020)
Definitions:Estimated age-standardized incidence rates (World) in 2018, pancreas, adults, ages 20+. ASR (World) per 100,000

Women, 2018

Age:20+
References:Global Cancer Observatory, Cancer incidence rates http://gco.iarc.fr/ (last accessed 30th June 2020)
Definitions:Estimated age-standardized incidence rates (World) in 2018, pancreas, adults, ages 20+. ASR (World) per 100,000

Gallbladder cancer

Men, 2018

Age:20+
References:Global Cancer Observatory, Cancer incidence rates http://gco.iarc.fr/ (last accessed 30th June 2020)
Definitions:Estimated age-standardized incidence rates (World) in 2018, gallbladder, adults, ages 20+. ASR (World) per 100,000

Women, 2018

Age:20+
References:Global Cancer Observatory, Cancer incidence rates http://gco.iarc.fr/ (last accessed 30th June 2020)
Definitions:Estimated age-standardized incidence rates (World) in 2018, gallbladder, adults, ages 20+. ASR (World) per 100,000

Kidney cancer

Men, 2018

Age:20+
References:Global Cancer Observatory, Cancer incidence rates http://gco.iarc.fr/ (last accessed 30th June 2020)
Definitions:Estimated age-standardized incidence rates (World) in 2018, kidney, adults, ages 20+. ASR (World) per 100,000

Women, 2018

Age:20+
References:Global Cancer Observatory, Cancer incidence rates http://gco.iarc.fr/ (last accessed 30th June 2020)
Definitions:Estimated age-standardized incidence rates (World) in 2018, kidney, adults, ages 20+. ASR (World) per 100,000

Cancer of the uterus

Women, 2018

Age:20+
References:Global Cancer Observatory, Cancer incidence rates http://gco.iarc.fr/ (last accessed 30th June 2020)
Definitions:Estimated age-standardized incidence rates (World) in 2018, cervix uteri, females, ages 20+. ASR (World) per 100,000

Raised blood pressure

Adults, 2015

References:Global Health Observatory data repository, World Health Organisation, http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.A875?lang=en
Definitions:Age Standardised estimated % Raised blood pressure 2015 (SBP>=140 OR DBP>=90).

Men, 2015

References:Global Health Observatory data repository, World Health Organisation, http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.A875?lang=en
Definitions:Age Standardised estimated % Raised blood pressure 2015 (SBP>=140 OR DBP>=90).

Women, 2015

References:Global Health Observatory data repository, World Health Organisation, http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.A875?lang=en
Definitions:Age Standardised estimated % Raised blood pressure 2015 (SBP>=140 OR DBP>=90).

Raised cholesterol

Adults, 2008

References:Global Health Observatory data repository, World Health Organisation, http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.A885
Definitions:% Raised total cholesterol (>= 5.0 mmol/L) (age-standardized estimate).

Men, 2008

References:Global Health Observatory data repository, World Health Organisation, http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.A885
Definitions:% Raised total cholesterol (>= 5.0 mmol/L) (age-standardized estimate).

Women, 2008

References:Global Health Observatory data repository, World Health Organisation, http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.A885
Definitions:% Raised total cholesterol (>= 5.0 mmol/L) (age-standardized estimate).

Raised fasting blood glucose

Men, 2014

References:Global Health Observatory data repository, World Health Organisation, http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.A869?lang=en
Definitions:Age Standardised % raised fasting blood glucose (>= 7.0 mmol/L or on medication).

Women, 2014

References:Global Health Observatory data repository, World Health Organisation, http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.A869?lang=en
Definitions:Age Standardised % raised fasting blood glucose (>= 7.0 mmol/L or on medication).

Diabetes prevalence

Adults, 2017

References:Reproduced with kind permission of IDF, International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas, 8th edition. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes Federation, 2017. http://www.diabetesatlas.org
Definitions:Diabetes age-adjusted comparative prevalence (%).

Health systems

Economic classification: High Income

Health systems summary

Austria’s public healthcare is primarily delivered through a statutory health insurance (SHI) scheme that covers employees and their non-working dependents. Enrolment into an employer’s insurance scheme is compulsory and so employees are usually enrolled automatically on starting new employment. The self-employed, on the other hand, must enrol into the public health insurance scheme. Under the SHI, only certain services are covered and those that are not are paid for 'out of pocket' (OOP). Individuals can also choose to visit non-SHI physicians and clinics at their own expense. The lack of coverage and insufficient treatment options provided under SHI results in high OOP expenses - in 2017, OOP expenses made up 19.2% of health expenditure.

Many Austrians have ‘supplementary’ private insurance to provide care not covered by the public SHI scheme. In 2013, 35% of the population was estimated to have such insurance.

Indicators

Where is the country’s government in the journey towards defining ‘Obesity as a disease’?No
Where is the country’s healthcare provider in the journey towards defining ‘Obesity as a disease’?No
Is there specialist training available dedicated to the training of health professionals to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage obesity?Not known
Have any taxes or subsidies been put in place to protect/assist/inform the population around obesity?No
Are there adequate numbers of trained health professionals in specialties relevant to obesity in urban areas?No
Are there adequate numbers of trained health professionals in specialties relevant to obesity in rural areas?No
Are there any obesity-specific recommendations or guidelines published for adults?No
Are there any obesity-specific recommendations or guidelines published for children?No
In practice, how is obesity treatment largely funded?Out of pocket

Perceived barriers to treatment

  • Lack of financial investment and coverage
  • Fragmented or failing health system
  • Lack of training for healthcare professionals
  • Poor health literacy and behaviour
  • Obesity not recognised as a disease

Summary of stakeholder feedback

Obesity is not considered to be a disease by either the government or the healthcare providers in Austria. Instead, there is reportedly a lot of stigma against the individuals with obesity as it is assumed to be a result of personal failure.

As obesity is not a priority, there is limited infrastructure within the healthcare system for obesity prevention, management and treatment. There is also limited coverage by social insurance schemes for treatment and so most patients must fund treatment as an ‘out of pocket’ expense. Stakeholders said there is an exception for severe obesity, for which treatment (surgery) is available. Follow-up of bariatric surgery is however, said to be insufficient.

There is a lack of specialist obesity professionals in both urban and rural areas.

Based on interviews/survey returns from 2 stakeholders

Last updated: June 2020

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Austrian Recommendations on Complementary Feeding

The Austrian recommendations on complementary feeding give parents access to information that is standardised and based on the latest scientific findings on introduction of complementary foods into a child’s diet for the first time in Austria.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Year(s):2020 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federation of Austrian Social Insurance Institutions.
Find out more:www.ages.at
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References:Anon (n.d.) Austrian Recommendations on Complementary Feeding. [Online]. AGES - Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety. Available from: https://www.ages.at/en/topics/nutrition/healthy-eating-from-the-start/austrian-recommendations-on-complementary-feeding/ [Accessed: 6 July 2020e]. ‌

Management of overweight and obesity in primary care—A systematic overview of international evidence‐based guidelines

The aim of this project was to provide a clear and systematic overview, based on which structured care processes could be defined for the management of overweight and obesity in primary care. It was initiated by the Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions as the first of three overviews on overweight/obesity, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and unspecific back pain. The results are to be incorporated in clinical pathways for primary care teams.

Categories:Evidence of Management/treatment guidelines
Year(s):2019 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Austrian Social Security Institutions
Find out more:onlinelibrary.wiley.com
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References:Semlitsch, T., Stigler, F.L., Jeitler, K., Horvath, K., et al. (2019) Management of overweight and obesity in primary care—A systematic overview of international evidence‐based guidelines. Obesity Reviews. [Online] 20 (9), 1218–1230. Available from: doi:10.1111/obr.12889 [Accessed: 6 July 2020]. ‌

WGKK Group Weight Loss Programme

12 Week weight loss programme works in two units in Vienna; 3 months cycles with a focus on lifestyle intervention. Medical assessment from a WGKK Dietologist and a BMI > 27 kg/m2 before acceptance on the programme.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Categories (partial):Evidence of Multidisciplinary Intervention
Year(s):2018 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults
Organisation:Vienna Regional Health Insurance Fund.
Find out more:www.wgkk.at
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References:Anon (n.d.) WGKK unterstützt Sie beim Abnehmen. [Online]. Österreichische Gesundheitskasse. Available from: https://www.wgkk.at/cdscontent/?contentid=10007.791216 [Accessed: 6 July 2020t]. ‌

The 'EDDY' study

Implementation of nutrition and sport training interventions for 1 year to prevent obesity.

Categories:Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Year(s):2017-2018
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Widhalm, Helk and Pachinger (2018).
Find out more:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
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References:Widhalm, Helk and Pachinger (2018). The Viennese EDDY Study as a Role Model for Obesity: Prevention by Means of Nutritional and Lifestyle Interventions. Obesity facts. 11 pp. 247–256

Daily sports and exercise session (TBuS)

With the TBuS, more movement was integrated into different lessons and an additional hour was created with a movement coach or recreational educator / sport, whereby there was a link to sports associations and clubs. The movement coaches, qualified by the universities of teacher education in cooperation with the BSPAs, brought more exercise and sport into everyday school life in addition to the legally required classes. In total, five hours of exercise and sport should be achieved per week.

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2016 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Ministry of Sport
Find out more:www.tbus.at
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References:Anon (n.d.) Kooperationen zwischen Sportvereinen und Schulen : Sport Austria. [Online]. www.sportaustria.at. Available from: https://www.sportaustria.at/de/schwerpunkte/soziales-und-gesellschaftspolitik/sport-und-schule/kooperationen-zwischen-sportvereinen-und-schulen/ [Accessed: 6 July 2020i]. ‌

Effectiveness of social marketing strategies to reduce youth obesity in European school-based interventions: a systematic review and meta-analysis

The aim of the review is to assess the effectiveness of European school-based interventions to prevent obesity relative to the inclusion of Social Marketing Benchmark Criteria domains in the intervention.

Categories:Evidence of Management/treatment guidelines
Categories (partial):Evidence of Marketing Guidelines/Policy
Industry/Government regulations - voluntary /pledges
Year(s):2016 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:National Social Marketing Centre
Find out more:pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
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References:Aceves-Martins M, Llauradó E, Tarro L, et al. Effectiveness of social marketing strategies to reduce youth obesity in European school-based interventions: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutr Rev. 2016;74(5):337–351. doi:10.1093/nutrit/nuw004

Prevalence, Pathophysiology, Health Consequences and Treatment Options of Obesity in the Elderly: A Guideline

Guidelines on when obesity treatment should be offered, goals of weight loss therapy, what lifestyle intervention should include, and physical activity.

Categories:Evidence of Management/treatment guidelines
Categories (partial):Health Effectiveness Reviews (obesity related)
Year(s):2015 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults
Organisation:European Association for the Study of Obesity
Find out more:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Linked document:Download linked document
References:Mathus-Vliegen, E.M; Obesity Management Task Force of the European Association for the Study of Obesity. (2012). Prevalence, pathophysiology, health consequences and treatment options of obesity in the elderly: a guideline. Obesity Facts. 5(3). pp. 460-83.

European Union (EU) Action Plan on Childhood Obesity 2014-2020

EU Action plan. To contribute to halting the rise in overweight and obesity in children and young people (0-18 years) by 2020

Categories:Transnational Obesity Strategies/Policy or Action Plan
Year(s):2014-2020
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Ministry of Health
Find out more:ec.europa.eu
Linked document:Download linked document
References:EU Action Plan on Childhood Table of contents [Internet]. Available from: https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/nutrition_physical_activity/docs/childhoodobesity_actionplan_2014_2020_en.pdf

Guidelines for Vending Machines

Guidelines for a healthier supply in vending machines; There is an initiative called SIPCAN (Special Institute for Preventive Cardiology and Nutrition - http://www.sipcan.at/) which provides recommendations on products for vending in schools. If the criteria are met a certificate can be awarded to the operator and the school, to show that the items are in line with the healthier product criteria.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Categories (partial):Labelling Regulation/Guidelines
Industry/Government regulations - voluntary /pledges
Year(s):2014 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:SIPCAN (Special Institute for Preventive Cardiology And Nutrition)
Find out more:www.sipcan.at
Linked document:Download linked document
References:Information kindly provided by the Austrian Obesity Association. http://www.adipositas-austria.org/ ; https://www.revistamundovending.com/sites/default/files/guiasLogos/european-initiatives-to-encourage-a-wider-choice-of-products-in-vending-machines.pdf

SALzburg Together against Obesity (SALTO)

Community based intervention to educate kindergarten teachers and parents on health, health behaviours, and concepts and to incorporate obesity prevention into curriculum ultimately to increase the proportion of preschoolers with a healthy weight.

Categories (partial):Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Year(s):2014-2017
Target age group:Children
Organisation:University of Salzburg
Find out more:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
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References:Ring-Dimitriou, S. et al (2018) SALTO - Study Protocol and Rationale of a Community-Oriented Obesity Prevention Program in the Kindergarten. Obesity facts. 11(3) pp. 234–246.

National Action Plan on Physical Activity

The first National Action Plan Physical Activity (Nationaler Aktionsplan Bewegung) has been developed by the Federal Ministry Civil Services and Sports (Bundesministerium für öffentlichen Dienst und Sport) and the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection (Bundesministerium für Arbeit, Soziales, Gesundheit und Konsumentenschutz) and published in April 2013. In view of the data of the present situation of the physical activity of the people in Austria different target groups can be identified and partially, various needs exist in the different social environments. As in all social areas and age groups, many people can strongly profit from more physical activity, the national action plan intends to provide measures for everybody. It still has to be taken into account that socioeconomic underprivileged groups show a worse health behaviour and thus profit most from changes. This action plan should act as a guiding principle, upon which measures shall be developed and implemented, that aim to improve physical activity behaviour and cause a measurable change in society. The national action plan is in accordance with the EU Physical Activity Guidelines and features the following aims: cross-sectoral approach (Health in all Policies) catalogue of targets overarching objectives sports health education transport, environment, regional planning and building planning working environment senior citizens

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2013 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Sports Ministry and Ministry of Health Federal Ministry Civil Services and Sports (Bundesministerium für öffentlichen Dienst und Sport) and the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection (Bundesministerium für Arbeit, Soziales, Gesundheit und Konsumentenschutz)
Find out more:www.sportministerium.at
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References:Anonymous (2017a) 7.3 Sport, youth fitness and physical activity. [Online]. 9 January 2017. EACEA National Policies Platform - European Commission. Available from: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/national-policies/en/content/youthwiki/73-sport-youth-fitness-and-physical-activity-austria [Accessed: 6 July 2020]. ‌

Project PASTA

Aims to integrate active mobility in the daily routine, to evaluate the effects on health and to develop recommendations for promotion on the basis of best practice examples. Timeframe: November 2013- October 2017. The project is funded by the 7th EU framework programme. Within the scope of the audit family-friendly municipality (familienfreundlichegemeinde), sports fields and playgrounds can be built for children and young people to promote their physical activity. This is an ongoing process initiated by the Federal Ministry for Families and Youth.

Categories (partial):Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Year(s):2013-2017
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Federal Ministry for families and youth
Find out more:eacea.ec.europa.eu
References:Anonymous (2017a) 7.3 Sport, youth fitness and physical activity. [Online]. 9 January 2017. EACEA National Policies Platform - European Commission. Available from: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/national-policies/en/content/youthwiki/73-sport-youth-fitness-and-physical-activity-austria [Accessed: 6 July 2020]. ‌

AUSTRIA PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FACTSHEET

Issued by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health to promote good health, adults are encouraged to carry out at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity physical activity, or 75 minutes per week of high-intensity exercise, or ideally a combination of moderate- to highintensity physical activity (MVPA). This is one of the 28 European Union Member States factsheets on health-enhancing physical activity, developed as a part of a joint initiative between the European Commission (EC) and WHO Regional Office for Europe in the context of the implementation of the Recommendation of the Council of the European Union on promoting health-enhancing physical activity across sectors and the European Noncommunicable Diseases Action Plan 2012-2016.

Categories (partial):Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2012-2016
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Austrian Federal Ministry of Health
Find out more:www.euro.who.int
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References:Anon (n.d.) AUSTRIA PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FACTSHEET. [Online]. Available from: https://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/288052/AUSTRIA-Physical-Activity-Factsheet.pdf?ua=1#:~:text=For%20optimal%20health%20gains%2C%20300 [Accessed: 6 July 2020d]. ‌

Austrian Nutrition Action Plan (NAP.e)

The primary goals of the NAP.e are a reduction of over-, under- and malnutrition as well as the reduction of the rising overweight and obesity rates by 2020.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Categories (partial):Evidence of National Obesity Strategy/Policy or Action
Year(s):2011-2020
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Federal Ministry of Health
Find out more:nanopdf.com
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References:Anon (n.d.) Austrian National Nutrition Action Plan. [Online]. Available from: https://extranet.who.int/ncdccs/Data/AUT_B13_nape_kurzfassung_englisch_110103.pdf [Accessed: 6 July 2020d]. ‌

Exercise is Fun

Nationwide initiative to improve the physical activity of students.

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Year(s):2011 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:SIPCAN: Initiative for a healthy life
Find out more:www.sipcan.at
References:Information kindly provided by the Austrian Obesity Association.

National Action Plan on Nutrition

The Austrian Nutrition Action Plan was launched in 2011 and aims at the implementation of effective measures in a transparent and intergovernmental way to prevent over-, under- and malnutrition, to reverse the rising overweight and obesity rates by 2020 and to prevent diet-related NCDs. Existing activities were combined in one strong strategy and a nationwide commitment. The Action Plan is designed to establish and maintain a structured continuous dialogue and cross-sectoral cooperation. It is embedded in the Austrian Health Targets, part of the Austrian Prevention Strategy and is being updated on a regular basis advised by the National Nutrition Commission, which was established in 2011 as a multidisciplinary nutrition advisory board for the Minister of Health. All relevant players are involved in the development of the Austrian nutrition policy. The update of the Austrian Nutrition Action Plan 2013 has the focus on the target groups of infants, children and young people, pregnant and nursing women as well as on the further development of tools for communicating information and empowerment. The aim of nutritional prevention is the prolongation of a healthy life and thus, contributes to the improvement in the quality of life.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Year(s):2011-2020
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Federal Ministry of Health, Austrian Government
Find out more:eacea.ec.europa.eu
References:Anonymous (2017) 7.4 Healthy lifestyles and healthy nutrition. [Online]. 9 January 2017. EACEA National Policies Platform - European Commission. Available from: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/national-policies/en/content/youthwiki/74-healthy-lifestyles-and-healthy-nutrition-austria#121 [Accessed: 6 July 2020]. ‌

School Buffet

The initiative called "unser Schulbuffet" is geared towards cafeteria owners. They get an onsite counselling free of charge how to improve their food and drink basket based on a guideline published by the Ministry while considering their individual environment aiming at sustainable improvements based on healthy nutrition recommendations and their economic viability.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Industry/Government regulations - voluntary /pledges
Evidence of Multidisciplinary Intervention
Year(s):2011 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection
Find out more:eacea.ec.europa.eu
References:Anonymous (2017) 7.4 Healthy lifestyles and healthy nutrition. [Online]. 9 January 2017. EACEA National Policies Platform - European Commission. Available from: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/national-policies/en/content/youthwiki/74-healthy-lifestyles-and-healthy-nutrition-austria#121 [Accessed: 6 July 2020]. ‌

Guideline for women with obesity during pregnancy (RCOG) & (CMACE)

CMACE/RCOG guideline, based on standards of care providing guidelines covering interventions prior to conception, during and after pregnancy.

Categories:Health Effectiveness Reviews (obesity related)
Evidence of Management/treatment guidelines
Year(s):2010 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults
Organisation:Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
Find out more:www.rcog.org.uk
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References:Centre for Maternal and child enquiries and Royal college of obstetricians and gynaecologists. (2010). CMACE/RCOG Joint Guideline: Management of Women with Obesity in Pregnancy. Available from: https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/cmacercogjointguidelinemanagementwomenobesitypregnancya.pdf. [Accessed 14 December 2018].

SIPCAN-Check Lists

Nationwide initiative to display the beverages, dairy products and sweets in Austrian supermarkets. The goal is to reduce the sugar content per 100g and to provide guidelines for schools, companies, food industry and public institutions.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Evidence of Marketing Guidelines/Policy
Labelling Regulation/Guidelines
Industry/Government regulations - voluntary /pledges
Year(s):2010 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:SIPCAN – Initiative for a healthy life
Find out more:www.sipcan.at
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References:Information kindly provided by the Austrian Obesity Association

The Audiovisual Media Services Act

A self-regulatory code of conduct based on national implementation of Directive 2007/65/EC (85) which has been in operation since February 2010.

Categories:Evidence of Marketing Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2010 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Austrian Communications Authority (KommAustria)
Find out more:www.rtr.at
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References:Austrian Communications Authority (KommAustria). http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2010:095:0001:0024:EN:PDF (last accessed 7 Oct 2015)

The Austrian Food Pyramid : 7 Steps to Health

The Austrian food pyramid promotes the benefits of healthy eating. This simple graphic provides easy and practical ideas on how to implement a balanced diet everyday.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Year(s):2010-2015
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Ministry of Health
Find out more:www.fao.org
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References:Anon (n.d.) Austria. [Online]. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Available from: http://www.fao.org/nutrition/education/food-based-dietary-guidelines/regions/countries/austria/es/ [Accessed: 6 July 2020d]. ‌

"Minister for Children Healthy"

In 2009, the "Minister for Children Healthy" initiative was launched by the Minister of Sport. The aim was to integrate more exercise for children in kindergartens and elementary schools. On the one hand, kindergartens and elementary schools benefited from and got to know the clubs' high-quality, multi-sport activities. On the other hand, the sports associations and clubs had the opportunity to establish cooperations with the institutions that went beyond the scope of the initiative.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Year(s):2009 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Ministry of Sport
Find out more:www.kindergesundbewegen.at
References:Anon (n.d.) Kooperationen zwischen Sportvereinen und Schulen : Sport Austria. [Online]. www.sportaustria.at. Available from: https://www.sportaustria.at/de/schwerpunkte/soziales-und-gesellschaftspolitik/sport-und-schule/kooperationen-zwischen-sportvereinen-und-schulen/ [Accessed: 6 July 2020i]. ‌

Drink Smart

Nationwide initiative to improve the drinking habits of students and the supply of beverages in schools.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Year(s):2009 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:SIPCAN school programme
Find out more:www.sipcan.at
References:Information kindly provided by the Austrian Obesity Association.

Moving healthy children 2.0

The program aims to bring more exercise and sport into the everyday life of kindergarten and elementary school children. Children move healthily 2.0 will continue to be financed by the Ministry of Sports and the Federal Sports Promotion. The implementation is ensured by the sports umbrella organizations ASKÖ, ASVÖ and SPORTUNION. The overarching activities are coordinated by Fit Sport Austria, the joint GmbH of the sports umbrella organizations

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Year(s):2009 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Ministry of Sports; Federal Sports Promotion
Find out more:www.fitsportaustria.at
References:Austria, F.S. (n.d.) Fit Sport Austria: - Home /. [Online]. www.fitsportaustria.at. Available from: https://www.fitsportaustria.at/main.asp?VID=1&kat1=94&kat2=666 [Accessed: 6 July 2020]. ‌

WHO European Action Network on reducing marketing pressure on children

The establishment of the WHO European Action Network on Reducing Marketing Pressure on Children in 2008 reflected the joint interest of several countries in the Region in taking action on this issue. Subsequently, the World Health Assembly adopted the WHO “Set of recommendations on the marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages to children” in 2010. WHO also integrated marketing restrictions as a priority in policies and strategies, notably the European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015–2020. The Network is an important mechanism to enhance action on food marketing to children. There are currently 30 countries in the Region participating in the Network. In addition, several organizations and institutions take part in the Network as observers. Network meetings have been held in Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. 13th meeting in Vienna, Austria

Categories:Evidence of Marketing Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2008 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:WHO
Find out more:www.euro.who.int
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References:Anon (n.d.) 13th Meeting of the WHO European Action Network on Reducing Marketing Pressure on Children. [Online]. www.euro.who.int. Available from: https://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/events/events/2018/05/13th-meeting-of-the-who-european-action-network-on-reducing-marketing-pressure-on-children [Accessed: 6 July 2020a]. ‌

EU project "Activity Square Europe"

The aim of the "Activity Square Europe" project was to launch a website as an information and innovation hub in order to provide national, regional and local sports organizations with quick and easy access to knowledge in the area of ​​cooperation between schools / kindergartens and sports clubs / associations . In addition, the project partners actively created quality standards and innovations in this field in order to attract more attention and more advocates in all areas of society. The Activity Square Europe project was funded by the European Union's Erasmus + Sport Program. 13 partner organizations from 10 EU countries worked together under the leadership of Fit Sport Austria. The project ended in June 2018.

Categories (partial):Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Erasmus + and Fit Sport Austria
Find out more:www.sportaustria.at
References:"Anon (n.d.) Kooperationen zwischen Sportvereinen und Schulen : Sport Austria. [Online]. www.sportaustria.at. Available from: https://www.sportaustria.at/de/schwerpunkte/soziales-und-gesellschaftspolitik/sport-und-schule/kooperationen-zwischen-sportvereinen-und-schulen/ [Accessed: 6 July 2020i]. ‌"

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