• Overview
  • Obesity prevalence
  • Trends over time
  • Population breakdowns
  • Drivers
  • Comorbidities
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Obesity prevalence

Adults, 2017

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:18+
Area covered:National
References:2017 - 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, 2017

Survey type:Measured
Age:30+
Sample size:9,288
Area covered:National
References:Koponen P. FinTerveys., 2017. Terveys, toimintakyky ja hyvinvointi Suomessa. Available: http://www.julkari.fi/bitstream/handle/10024/136223/THL_RAP_2018_04_Finterveys_verkko.pdf?sequence=6&isAllowed=y. [Last accessed 13th September 2018].
Notes:Data derived from The National FinHealth 2017 Survey, which combines the previous Health 2000/2011 and FINRISK Surveys. 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, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:18+
Area covered:National
References:2014 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, 2012

Survey type:Measured
Age:25-64
Sample size:4399
Area covered:National
References:Kansallinen FINRISKI 2012 -terveystutkimus - Osa 2: Tutkimuksen taulukkoliite. http://www.julkari.fi/handle/10024/114942 (last accessed 9th November 2017)
Notes:Data derived from the national FINRISK surveys at the National Institute for Health and Welfare THL. Figures are age-adjusted and population-weighted.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2007

Survey type:Measured
Age:25-64
Sample size:4804
Area covered:National
References:Peltonen M, Harald K, Männistö S, Saarikoski L, Lund L, Sundvall J, Juolevi A, Laatikainen T, Aldén-Nieminen H, Luoto R, Jousilahti P, Salomaa V, Taimi M, Vartiainen E. Kansallinen FINRISKI 2007 –terveystutkimus, Tutkimuksen toteutus ja tulokset: Taulukkoliite. Kansanterveyslaitos. Yliopistopaino, Helsinki 2008.
Notes:Data derived from the national FINRISK surveys at the National Institute for Health and Welfare THL. Figures are age-adjusted and population-weighted.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2000

Survey type:Measured
Age:30+
References:Personal Correspondence from Ailsa Rissanen, data presented at ECO 03
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 1992

Survey type:Measured
Age:25-64
Sample size:4583
References:Lahti-Koski M, Pietinen P, Munnisto S, Vartiainen E. Trends in waist to hip ratio and its determinants in adults in Finland from 1987 to 1997. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2000;72:1436-1444
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 1982

Survey type:Measured
Age:25-64
Sample size:9340
References:Lahti-Koski M, Vartiainen E, Mannisto S, Pietinen P. Age, education and occupation as determinants of trends in body mass index in Finland from 1982 to 1997. International Journal of Obesity (2000);24:1669-1676
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Children, 2007-2009

Survey type:Measured
Age:11-16
Sample size:1836
Area covered:National
References:Parikka, S. et al.(2015)'Associations between parental BMI,socioeconomic factors, family structure and overweight in Finnish children: a path model approach', BMC Public Health, 15:271.DOI 10.1186/s12889-015-1548-1
Notes:IOTF cut-offs used.
Definitions: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 09.11.20)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2006

Survey type:Measured
Age:12
Sample size:4013
Area covered:Regional
References:Vuorela N. (2009). Prevalence of overweight and obesity in 5- and 12-year-old Finnish children in 1986 and 2006. Acta P¬údiatrica, 98; 507 - 512.
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

Children, 1986

Survey type:Measured
Age:5
Sample size:2108
References:Vuorela N, Saha MT, Salo M. Prevalence of overweight and obesity in 5 and 12 year old Finnish children in 1986 and 2006. Acta Paediatrica 2009;98:507-512
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:2017 - Education 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:2017 - Education 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:2014 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:2014 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, 2017

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:20+
Sample size:6732
Area covered:National
References:Murto J, Kaikkonen R, Pentala-Nikulainen O, Koskela T, Virtala E, Härkänen T, Koskenniemi T, Jussmäki T, Vartiainen E & Koskinen S. Adult Health, Well-Being and Service Research Basic results 2010-2017. Online publication: http://www.terveytemme.fi/ath/tampere-raisio/html/ath_obesity_bmi30_cr.html (Accessed 6 March 2019).
Notes:NOTE: This data is self-report.
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
Age:20+
Sample size:6732
Area covered:National
References:Murto J, Kaikkonen R, Pentala-Nikulainen O, Koskela T, Virtala E, Härkänen T, Koskenniemi T, Jussmäki T, Vartiainen E & Koskinen S. Adult Health, Well-Being and Service Research Basic results 2010-2017. Online publication: http://www.terveytemme.fi/ath/tampere-raisio/html/ath_obesity_bmi30_cr.html (Accessed 6 March 2019).
Notes:NOTE: This data is self-report.
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
Age:18+
Area covered:National
References:2014 Eurostat Database:http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=hlth_ehis_bm1e&lang=en (last accessed 25.08.20)
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+
Area covered:National
References:2014 Eurostat Database:http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=hlth_ehis_bm1e&lang=en (last accessed 25.08.20)
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, 2012

Survey type:Measured
Age:25-64
Sample size:6424
Area covered:National
References:Peltonen M, Harald K, Männistö S, Saarikoski L, Lund L, Sundvall J, Juolevi A, Laatikainen T, Aldén-Nieminen H, Luoto R, Jousilahti P, Salomaa V, Taimi M, Vartiainen E. Kansallinen FINRISKI 2007 –terveystutkimus, Tutkimuksen toteutus ja tulokset: Taulukkoliite. Kansanterveyslaitos. Yliopistopaino, Helsinki 2008
Notes:Mean BMI by Education Level. Note that data is age-standardised and population-weighted.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2012

Survey type:Measured
Age:25-64
Sample size:6424
Area covered:National
References:Peltonen M, Harald K, Männistö S, Saarikoski L, Lund L, Sundvall J, Juolevi A, Laatikainen T, Aldén-Nieminen H, Luoto R, Jousilahti P, Salomaa V, Taimi M, Vartiainen E. Kansallinen FINRISKI 2007 –terveystutkimus, Tutkimuksen toteutus ja tulokset: Taulukkoliite. Kansanterveyslaitos. Yliopistopaino, Helsinki 2008
Notes:Mean BMI by Education Level. Note that data is age-standardised and population-weighted.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Men, 2007

Survey type:Measured
Age:25-64
Sample size:20551
Area covered:National
References:Lahti-Koski, M., Harald, K., Saarni, S. E., Peltonen, M. and Männistö, S. (2012), Changes in body mass index and measures of abdominal obesity in Finnish adults between 1992 and 2007, the National FINRISK Study. Clinical Obesity, 2: 57–63. doi: 10.1111/j.1758-8111.2012.00035.x
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2007

Survey type:Measured
Age:25-64
Sample size:20551
Area covered:National
References:Lahti-Koski, M., Harald, K., Saarni, S. E., Peltonen, M. and Männistö, S. (2012), Changes in body mass index and measures of abdominal obesity in Finnish adults between 1992 and 2007, the National FINRISK Study. Clinical Obesity, 2: 57–63. doi: 10.1111/j.1758-8111.2012.00035.x
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Men, 2000-2001

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:40-60
Sample size:6227
Area covered:National
References:Laaksonen, M., Sarlio-Lähteenkorva, S. and Lahelma, E. (2004), Multiple Dimensions of Socioeconomic Position and Obesity among Employees: The Helsinki Health Study. Obesity Research, 12: 1851–1858. doi: 10.1038/oby.2004.230
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2000-2001

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:40-60
Sample size:6227
Area covered:National
References:Laaksonen, M., Sarlio-Lähteenkorva, S. and Lahelma, E. (2004), Multiple Dimensions of Socioeconomic Position and Obesity among Employees: The Helsinki Health Study. Obesity Research, 12: 1851–1858. doi: 10.1038/oby.2004.230
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Boys, 2005

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:12-18
Sample size:6503
Area covered:National
References:Kautiainen, Susanna, Koivisto, Anna-Maija, Koivusilta, Leena, Lintonen, Tomi, Virtanen, Suvi M. and Rimpelä, Arja(2009) 'Sociodemographic factors and a secular trend for adolescent overweight in Finland', International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 4: 4, 360 ¬ó 370
Cutoffs:IOTF

Girls, 2005

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:12-18
Sample size:6503
Area covered:National
References:Kautiainen, Susanna, Koivisto, Anna-Maija, Koivusilta, Leena, Lintonen, Tomi, Virtanen, Suvi M. and Rimpelä, Arja(2009) 'Sociodemographic factors and a secular trend for adolescent overweight in Finland', International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 4: 4, 360 ¬ó 370
Cutoffs:IOTF

Boys, 1979

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:12-18
Sample size:4273
Area covered:National
References:Kautiainen, Susanna, Koivisto, Anna-Maija, Koivusilta, Leena, Lintonen, Tomi, Virtanen, Suvi M. and Rimpelä, Arja(2009) 'Sociodemographic factors and a secular trend for adolescent overweight in Finland', International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 4: 4, 360 ¬ó 370
Notes:Prevalence based on Fathers education level
Cutoffs:Other

Girls, 1979

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:12-18
Sample size:4273
Area covered:National
References:Kautiainen, Susanna, Koivisto, Anna-Maija, Koivusilta, Leena, Lintonen, Tomi, Virtanen, Suvi M. and Rimpelä, Arja(2009) 'Sociodemographic factors and a secular trend for adolescent overweight in Finland', International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 4: 4, 360 ¬ó 370
Notes:Prevalence based on Fathers education level
Cutoffs:Other

Overweight/obesity by age

Adults, 2017

Survey type:Self-reported
Sample size:25,555
Area covered:National
References:Pentala-Nikulainen O, Koskela T, Parikka S, Kilpeläinen H, Koskenniemi T, Aalto AM, Muuri A, Koskinen S & Lounamaa A. National Health, Wellbeing and Service Research FinSote Basic Results 2017-2018. Online publication: thl.fi/finsote.
Notes:This data is self-report
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
Sample size:6732
Area covered:National
References:Murto J, Kaikkonen R, Pentala-Nikulainen O, Koskela T, Virtala E, Härkänen T, Koskenniemi T, Jussmäki T, Vartiainen E & Koskinen S. Adult Health, Well-Being and Service Research Basic results 2010-2017. Online publication: http://www.terveytemme.fi/ath/tampere-raisio/html/ath_obesity_bmi30_cr.html (Accessed 6 March 2019).
Notes:NOTE: This data is self-report.
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:2017 - 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, 2007

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:20551
Area covered:National
References:Lahti-Koski, M., Harald, K., Saarni, S. E., Peltonen, M. and Männistö, S. (2012), Changes in body mass index and measures of abdominal obesity in Finnish adults between 1992 and 2007, the National FINRISK Study. Clinical Obesity, 2: 57–63. doi: 10.1111/j.1758-8111.2012.00035.x
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

Survey type:Self-reported
Sample size:3227
Area covered:National
References:WHO Infobase 102584a1 - Helakorpi S, Patja K, Prättälä R, Uutela A. Health behaviour and health among the Finnish adult population, spring 2005. Helsinki, KTL-National Public Health Institute, 2005.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2000-2017

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:9,288
Area covered:National
References:Koponen P. FinTerveys., 2017. Terveys, toimintakyky ja hyvinvointi Suomessa. Available: http://www.julkari.fi/bitstream/handle/10024/136223/THL_RAP_2018_04_Finterveys_verkko.pdf?sequence=6&isAllowed=y. [Last accessed 13th September 2018].
Notes:Data derived from The National FinHealth 2017 Survey, which combines the previous Health 2000/2011 and FINRISK Surveys.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Children, 2006

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:4016
Area covered:Subnational
References:Vuorela N, Saha MT, Salo M. Prevalence of overweight and obesity in 5 - and 12- year-old Finnish children in 1986 & 2006. Acta Paediatrica 2009;98:507-512
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 1999

Survey type:Self-reported
Sample size:64147
Area covered:National
References:Kautiainen S, Rimpela A, Vikat A, Virtanen SM. Secular trends in overweight and obesity among Finnish adolescents in 1977-1999. International Journal of Obesity 2002;26:544-552
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 1977

Survey type:Self-reported
Sample size:64147
Area covered:National
References:Kautiainen S, Rimpela A, Vikat A, Virtanen SM. Secular trends in overweight and obesity among Finnish adolescents in 1977-1999. International Journal of Obesity 2002;26:544-552
Cutoffs:IOTF

Overweight/obesity by region

Men, 2017

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:20+
Sample size:6732
Area covered:National
References:Murto J, Kaikkonen R, Pentala-Nikulainen O, Koskela T, Virtala E, Härkänen T, Koskenniemi T, Jussmäki T, Vartiainen E & Koskinen S. Adult Health, Well-Being and Service Research Basic results 2010-2017. Online publication: http://www.terveytemme.fi/ath/tampere-raisio/html/ath_obesity_bmi30_cr.html (Accessed 6 March 2019).
Notes:NOTE: This data is self-report.
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
Age:20+
Sample size:6732
Area covered:National
References:Murto J, Kaikkonen R, Pentala-Nikulainen O, Koskela T, Virtala E, Härkänen T, Koskenniemi T, Jussmäki T, Vartiainen E & Koskinen S. Adult Health, Well-Being and Service Research Basic results 2010-2017. Online publication: http://www.terveytemme.fi/ath/tampere-raisio/html/ath_obesity_bmi30_cr.html (Accessed 6 March 2019).
Notes:NOTE: This data is self-report.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Men, 2012

Survey type:Measured
Age:25-74
Sample size:6424
Area covered:National
References:National FINRISK Study 2012 survey
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2012

Survey type:Measured
Age:25-74
Sample size:6424
Area covered:National
References:National FINRISK Study 2012 survey
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Men, 2007

Survey type:Measured
Age:30-59
Sample size:6053
Area covered:Subnational
References:Vartiainen E,Laatikainen T, Peltonen et al. Thirty-five-year trends in cardiovascular risk factors in Finland. International Journal of Epidemiology 2010;39:504–518
Notes:Trend data available from this study (1972-2007)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2007

Survey type:Measured
Age:30-59
Sample size:6053
Area covered:Subnational
References:Vartiainen E,Laatikainen T, Peltonen et al. Thirty-five-year trends in cardiovascular risk factors in Finland. International Journal of Epidemiology 2010;39:504–518
Notes:Trend data available from this study (1972-2007)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Children, 2006

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:4016
Area covered:Subnational
References:Vuorela N, Saha MT, Salo M. Prevalence of overweight and obesity in 5 - and 12- year-old Finnish children in 1986 & 2006. Acta Paediatrica 2009;98:507-512
Cutoffs:IOTF

Overweight/obesity by age and region

Men, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Area covered:National
References:2014 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:2014 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 age and socio-economic group

Adults, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Area covered:National
References:2014 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.

Men, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Area covered:National
References:2014 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:2014 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 socio-economic group

Men, 2014

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:18+
Area covered:National
References:2014 Socio economic - http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=hlth_ehis_bm1i&lang=en (last accessed 25.08.20)
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+
Area covered:National
References:2014 Socio economic - http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=hlth_ehis_bm1i&lang=en (last accessed 25.08.20)
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, 2000-2001

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:40-60
Sample size:6227
Area covered:National
References:Laaksonen, M., Sarlio-Lähteenkorva, S. and Lahelma, E. (2004), Multiple Dimensions of Socioeconomic Position and Obesity among Employees: The Helsinki Health Study. Obesity Research, 12: 1851–1858. doi: 10.1038/oby.2004.230
Notes:Prevalence of obesity by occupational class
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2000-2001

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:40-60
Sample size:6227
Area covered:National
References:Laaksonen, M., Sarlio-Lähteenkorva, S. and Lahelma, E. (2004), Multiple Dimensions of Socioeconomic Position and Obesity among Employees: The Helsinki Health Study. Obesity Research, 12: 1851–1858. doi: 10.1038/oby.2004.230
Notes:Prevalence of obesity by occupational class
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Men, 2000-2001

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:40-60
Sample size:6227
Area covered:National
References:Laaksonen, M., Sarlio-Lähteenkorva, S. and Lahelma, E. (2004), Multiple Dimensions of Socioeconomic Position and Obesity among Employees: The Helsinki Health Study. Obesity Research, 12: 1851–1858. doi: 10.1038/oby.2004.230
Notes:Prevalence of obesity by household income
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Women, 2000-2001

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:40-60
Sample size:6227
Area covered:National
References:Laaksonen, M., Sarlio-Lähteenkorva, S. and Lahelma, E. (2004), Multiple Dimensions of Socioeconomic Position and Obesity among Employees: The Helsinki Health Study. Obesity Research, 12: 1851–1858. doi: 10.1038/oby.2004.230
Notes:Prevalence of obesity by household income
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Boys, 2005

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:12-18
Sample size:6503
Area covered:National
References:Kautiainen, Susanna, Koivisto, Anna-Maija, Koivusilta, Leena, Lintonen, Tomi, Virtanen, Suvi M. and Rimpelä, Arja(2009) 'Sociodemographic factors and a secular trend for adolescent overweight in Finland', International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 4: 4, 360 ¬ó 370
Cutoffs:IOTF

Girls, 2005

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:12-18
Sample size:6503
Area covered:National
References:Kautiainen, Susanna, Koivisto, Anna-Maija, Koivusilta, Leena, Lintonen, Tomi, Virtanen, Suvi M. and Rimpelä, Arja(2009) 'Sociodemographic factors and a secular trend for adolescent overweight in Finland', International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 4: 4, 360 ¬ó 370
Cutoffs:IOTF

Boys, 1979

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:12-18
Sample size:4273
Area covered:National
References:Kautiainen, Susanna, Koivisto, Anna-Maija, Koivusilta, Leena, Lintonen, Tomi, Virtanen, Suvi M. and Rimpelä, Arja(2009) 'Sociodemographic factors and a secular trend for adolescent overweight in Finland', International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 4: 4, 360 ¬ó 370
Cutoffs:IOTF

Girls, 1979

Survey type:Self-reported
Age:12-18
Sample size:4273
Area covered:National
References:Kautiainen, Susanna, Koivisto, Anna-Maija, Koivusilta, Leena, Lintonen, Tomi, Virtanen, Suvi M. and Rimpelä, Arja(2009) 'Sociodemographic factors and a secular trend for adolescent overweight in Finland', International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 4: 4, 360 ¬ó 370
Cutoffs:IOTF

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 (%).

Actions

Moving Adult Programme

The program aims to reduce physical inactivity and sedentariasm at work and home. It involves both a workplace and a community intervention. This programme continues the work of the All Ages programme which ended last year.

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2020 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults
Organisation: Ministry of Education and Culture
Find out more:liikkuvaaikuinen.fi
Linked document:Download linked document

Eating and Learning Together. Finnish National Nutrition Council's guidelines for school meals

In Finland a health and nutritious school meal is provided to all children. The most recent update to this provision was the 2017 update of the Finnish National Nutrition Council nutrition recommendations for school meals. The primary change being only fat free milk and sour cream are subsidised and cheese removed from the subsidy. The links are provided for further information in english and the pdf document in Finnish.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Year(s):2017 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Finnish National Nutrition Council
Find out more:www.ruokavirasto.fi
Linked document:Download linked document
References:Eating and Learning Together. National Nutrition Council 2017

Joy, play and doing together – Recommendations for physical activity in early childhood. 

In Finnish. Recommendations for increasing activity in young children

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2016 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Ministry of Education and Agriculture
Find out more:thl.fi
Linked document:Download linked document
References:Joy, play and doing together – Recommendations for physical activity in early childhood. 2016. Ministry of Education and Culture 2016:21.

"Lets move it"

School-based intervention focusing on increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour in adolescents by targeting sitting time in classrooms, exploring adolescents' motivation levels and improving opportunities to undertake activities in the community, home and at school.

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2015-2017
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Hankonen et al (2016)
Find out more:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Linked document:Download linked document
References:Hankonen et al (2016). 'Lets move it' a school-based multilevel intervention to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour among older adolescents in vocational secondary schools: a study protocol for a clusterrandomised trial. BMC Public Health. 16(451).

REDUCE sedentary time – GET HEALTHIER! National recommendations to reduce sedentary time

National recommendations for reducing sedentary time for the whole population.

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2015 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Find out more:julkaisut.valtioneuvosto.fi
Linked document:Download linked document
References:Reduce sedentary time – get healthier! National recommendations to reduce sedentary time. 2015. Brochures of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

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 ‌

Finnish nutrition recommendations 2014

The focus of this document is on a comprehensive idea of a health-promoting diet, composed of the quality, quantity and role as source of nutrients of various kinds of foods and their link to human health.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Year(s):2014 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:The National Nutrition Council - Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Find out more:www.ruokavirasto.fi
Linked document:Download linked document

On the move' - A national strategy for physical activity promoting health and wellbeing 2020

A set of guidelines and targeted actions to increase physical activity and improve health

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2013 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Find out more:www.julkari.fi
Linked document:Download linked document

Overcoming Obesity Programme 2013-2020

They aim to have obesity prevention in mind when making regional decisions, ensure decision makers have access to resources and health statistics, ensure environmental and functional practices promote good health, ensure healthy choices are available to everyone, ensuring obesity prevention is included in the education system and more.

Categories:Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Year(s):2013-2020
Target age group:Children
Organisation:City of Seinäjoki
Find out more:www.seinajoki.fi
Linked document:Download linked document
References:City of Seinajoki, Overcoming Obesity Programme (2013-2020). Available from: https://www.seinajoki.fi/material/attachments/seinajokifi/sosiaalijaterveys/terveyspalvelut/asiakasjapotilasasiakirjat/Fnp1Zw3JF/OVERCOMING_OBESITY_PROGRAMME_2013-2020.pdf. [Accessed 8th Nov 2018].

Steps for Health

Web based step counting campaign to promote walking among adults.

Categories:Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Categories (partial):Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2012
Target age group:Adults
Organisation:Folkhälsan Association
Find out more:www.halsostegen.fi

Sweets Tax

The tax is currently levied on confectionery, chocolate and ice-cream, but excludes products such as biscuits, baked goods, puddings and granulated sugar.This was removed in 2017

Categories (partial):Taxation/Subsidies on Food or Beverages or law relating to public health
Year(s):2010-2017
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Ministry of Finance
Find out more:vm.fi

Single versus multiple-family intervention in childhood overweigh at Finnmark Activity School: a randomised trial

A two arm randomised controlled trial comparing a new comprehensive lifestyle programme performed in groups of families with overweight (included obese) children with a more conventional single-family programme. Includes 97 overweight and obese children aged 6–12?years with body mass index (BMI) corresponding to cut-off point ?27.5 in adults were included

Categories:Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Year(s):2009-2011
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Paediatric Department at Hammerfest Hospital in collaboration with the University Hospital of North Norway (UNN) and the University of Tromsø
Find out more:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Linked document:Download linked document
References:Kokkvoll, A,Grimsgaard, S, Ødegaard,R, Flægstad,T. and Njølstad, I. 2014. Single versus multiple-family intervention in childhood overweight—Finnmark Activity School: a randomised trial. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 99(3). pp. 225–231.

Recommendations for physical activity in early childhood education (Varhaiskasvatuksen liikunnan suositukset)

Physical activity recommendations for children - document in Finnish

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2005 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Linked document:Download linked document
References:Information provided with kind permission of HEPA Europe (European network for the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity): http://data.euro.who.int/PhysicalActivity/?TabID=107126

The Waist Club

Web based health promotion program for men. Twenty weeks duration with information about nutrition, exercise, motivation and how to set goals.

Categories:Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Categories (partial):Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Evidence of NCD strategy
Year(s):2005 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults
Organisation:Folkhalsan (NGO)
Find out more:www.folkhalsan.fi

Programme for the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes in Finland

A strategy which includes arrangements for systematic management of obesity, lifestyle modifications, physical activity recommendations etc..

Categories (partial):Evidence of NCD strategy
Year(s):2003-2010
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Finnish Diabetes Association
Linked document:Download linked document

The Heart Symbol

Product labelling that tells the costumer which products within a food group are better choices regarding fat and sodium content.

Categories:Labelling Regulation/Guidelines
Year(s):2000 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:NGOs; Finnish Heart Association and Finnish Diabetes Association
Find out more:www.sydanmerkki.fi

Salt labelling legislation

National legislation requires theuse of warning labels on high-salt food. The legislation is applied to all the food categories that make a substantial contribution to the salt intake of the Finnish population.

Categories:Labelling Regulation/Guidelines
Year(s):1993 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Ministry of Trade and Industry
Find out more:Unable to locate further details if you have access please email us at obesity@worldobesity.org

Physical Activity Guidelines

The Finnish national recommendations on physical activity for health are based on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Physical activity guidelines for Americans (2), addressing young people (3) (including early childhood education and school-aged children (4)), adults (5), and older adults (6). The cut-off point used in Finland for adults reaching the recommended physical activity levels is in line with WHO’s Global recommendations on physical activity for health (2010)

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:WHO
Find out more:www.euro.who.int
Linked document:Download linked document
References:Anon (n.d.) FINLAND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FACTSHEET. [Online]. Available from: https://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/288107/FINLAND-Physical-Activity-Factsheet.pdf?ua=1 [Accessed: 28 July 2020x]. ‌

Smart Family

This programme was developed to support lifestyle counselling for families with children and is based on international and national recommendations. The key aim is to promote healthy lifestyle choices and give families a greater feeling of control.

Categories:Evidence of NCD strategy
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Smart Family is part of the umbrella project 'One Life' organised by the Finnish Brain Association, the Finnish Diabetes Association and the Finnish Heart Association.
Find out more:www.yksielama.fi

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