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Obesity prevalence

Adults, 2014-2015

Survey type:Measured
Age:18-75
Sample size:2085
Area covered:National
References:Federal Office of Public Health and the Food Safety and Veterinary Office(2017) Characteristics and indicators of eating and physical activity behaviors in the Swiss adult population Results from menuCH 2014-2015 Available at https://menuch.iumsp.ch/index.php/catalog/4
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2011

Survey type:Measured
Age:35-74
Sample size:930
Area covered:Regional
References:Bus Santé Study
Notes:Small sample size Sub national: Canton of Geneva
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2000-2001

Survey type:Measured
Age:35-74
Sample size:2482
References:WHO Infobase. Hopitaux Universitaires de Genève
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 1993

Survey type:Measured
Age:35-74
Sample size:Unspecified
Area covered:Geneva
References:Galobardes B, Costanza C, Bernstein MS, Delhumeau CH, Morabia A. Trends in Risk Factors for the Major "Lifestyle-related Diseases" in Geneva, Switzerland, 1993-2000. Ann Epidemiology 2003;13:537-540
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Children, 2017-2018

Survey type:Measured
Age:6-12
Sample size:2279
Area covered:National
References:Herter-Aeberli I, Osuna E, Sarnovská Z, Zimmermann MB. Significant Decrease in Childhood Obesity and Waist Circumference over 15 Years in Switzerland: A Repeated Cross-Sectional Study. Nutrients. 2019 Aug 15;11(8). https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/11/8/1922
Notes:Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reference values
Cutoffs:CDC

Children, 2012

Survey type:Measured
Age:6-12
Sample size:2963
Area covered:National
References:Murer SB, Saarsalu S, Zimmermann MB, Aeberli I. Pediatric adiposity stabilised in Switzerland between 1999 and 2012. Eur J Nutr. 2014 Apr, 53 (3): 865-75.
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2007

Survey type:Measured
Age:6-13
Sample size:2500
Area covered:National
References:Aeberli I, Amman R.S. Knabenhans M, Molinari L, Zimmermann M.B. Decrease in the prevalence of paediatric adiposity in Switzerland from 2002 to 2007. Public Health Nutr. 2010 Jun;13(6):806-11
Notes:Sample size is approximate The BMI references from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were used to determine the prevalences of underweight (<5th percentile), overweight (>or=85th and <95th percentile) and obesity (>or=95th percentile).
Cutoffs:CDC

Children, 2002

Survey type:Measured
Age:6-12
Sample size:2431
Area covered:National
References:Zimmermann MB, Gubeli C, Puntener C, Monlinari L. Overweight and obesity in 6-12year old children in Switzerland. Swiss Medical Weekly 2004;134:523-528
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 education

Adults, 2014-2015

Survey type:Measured
Age:18-75
Sample size:2085
Area covered:National
References:Federal Office of Public Health and the Food Safety and Veterinary Office(2017) Characteristics and indicators of eating and physical activity behaviors in the Swiss adult population Results from menuCH 2014-2015 Available at https://menuch.iumsp.ch/index.php/catalog/4
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:Self-reported
Age:18+
Sample size:17,879
Area covered:National
References:Marques-Vidal P, Bovet P, Paccaud F, Chiolero A. Changes of overweight and obesity in the adult Swiss population according to educational level, from 1992 to 2007. BMC Public Health. 2010;10:87. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-87.
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:Self-reported
Age:18+
Sample size:17,879
Area covered:National
References:Marques-Vidal P, Bovet P, Paccaud F, Chiolero A. Changes of overweight and obesity in the adult Swiss population according to educational level, from 1992 to 2007. BMC Public Health. 2010;10:87. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-87.
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Children, 2005-2006

Survey type:Measured
Age:10-14
Sample size:5207
Area covered:Canton of Vaud
References:Lasserre, A. M., Chiolero, A., Cachat, F., Paccaud, F. and Bovet, P. (2007), Overweight in Swiss Children and Associations With Children's and Parents’ Characteristics. Obesity, 15: 2912–2919. doi: 10.1038/oby.2007.347
Notes:Prevalence of overweight (including obesity) by Parents Education. Overweight and obesity were based on the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) criteria.
Cutoffs:IOTF

Overweight/obesity by age

Adults, 2014-2015

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:2085
Area covered:National
References:Federal Office of Public Health and the Food Safety and Veterinary Office(2017) Characteristics and indicators of eating and physical activity behaviors in the Swiss adult population Results from menuCH 2014-2015 Available at https://menuch.iumsp.ch/index.php/catalog/4
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:Self-reported
Sample size:21602
Area covered:National
References:Information kindly supplied by Prof Ulrich Keller, FMH Endokrinologie-Diabetologie. Reference: Schweizerische Gesundheitsbefragung 2012 (data available in English in Schneider H, Venetz W (2014). Cost of Obesity in Switzerland in 2012, Final 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, 1992-1993

Survey type:Self-reported
Sample size:15288
Area covered:National
References:Information kindly supplied by Prof Ulrich Keller, FMH Endokrinologie-Diabetologie. Reference: Schweizerische Gesundheitsbefragung 2012 (data available in English in Schneider H, Venetz W (2014). Cost of Obesity in Switzerland in 2012, Final Report
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 region

Adults, 2014-2015

Survey type:Measured
Age:18-75
Sample size:2085
Area covered:National
References:Federal Office of Public Health and the Food Safety and Veterinary Office(2017) Characteristics and indicators of eating and physical activity behaviors in the Swiss adult population Results from menuCH 2014-2015 Available at https://menuch.iumsp.ch/index.php/catalog/4
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Children, 2005-2006

Survey type:Measured
Age:10-14
Sample size:5207
Area covered:Canton of Vaud
References:Lasserre, A. M., Chiolero, A., Cachat, F., Paccaud, F. and Bovet, P. (2007), Overweight in Swiss Children and Associations With Children's and Parents’ Characteristics. Obesity, 15: 2912–2919. doi: 10.1038/oby.2007.347
Notes:Overweight and obesity were based on the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) criteria.
Cutoffs:IOTF

Overweight/obesity by socio-economic group

Children, 2011-2012

Survey type:Measured
Age:5-14
Sample size:8544
Area covered:Canton of Geneva
References:Jeannot E, Mahler P, Elia N, Cerruti B, Chastonnay P. Sociodemographic and Economic Determinants of Overweight and Obesity for Public-school Children in Geneva State, Switzerland: A Cross-sectional Study. International Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2015;6:39. doi:10.4103/2008-7802.156836.
Notes:Prevalence of overweight and obesity by socio-professional categories of the child's Father. To identify overweight and obesity, the definition issued by the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) was used.
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2011-2012

Survey type:Measured
Age:5-14
Sample size:8544
Area covered:Canton of Geneva
References:Jeannot E, Mahler P, Elia N, Cerruti B, Chastonnay P. Sociodemographic and Economic Determinants of Overweight and Obesity for Public-school Children in Geneva State, Switzerland: A Cross-sectional Study. International Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2015;6:39. doi:10.4103/2008-7802.156836.
Notes:Prevalence of overweight and obesity by district of residence. To identify overweight and obesity, the definition issued by the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) was used.
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)

Prevalence of at least daily carbonated soft drink consumption

Children, 2010-2014

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)

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, 2010-2014

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, 2010-2014

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

Health 2030

A follow on from the 2020 strategy. Federal Council intends to further improve the system, so that everyone in Switzerland can continue to benefit from high-quality, affordable healthcare. Health2030 sets a framework for action in health policy, providing guidance for all health system actors.

Categories (partial):Evidence of NCD strategy
Year(s):2020-2030
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Federal Office of Public Health
Find out more:www.bag.admin.ch

Swiss Nutrition Policy

The vision of the Swiss Nutrition Policy 2017-2024 is that all people can decide in favour of a balanced and varied diet. They should have a framework that enables them to maintain a healthy lifestyle on their own – regardless of their background, socio-economic status or age

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Year(s):2017-2024
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office
Find out more:www.blv.admin.ch
Linked document:Download linked document

Physical activity strategy for the WHO European Region 2016-2025

The strategy focuses on physical activity as a leading factor in health and well-being in the European Region, with particular attention to the burden of non-communicable diseases associated with insufficient activity levels and sedentary behaviour. It aims to cover all forms of physical activity throughout the life-course.

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2016-2025
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:WHO Europe
Find out more:www.euro.who.int
Linked document:Download linked document

"Gesundheit 2020" (Health 2020)

A strategy containing 36 measures across all areas of the health system which aim to maintain quality of life, increase equal opportunities, raise the quality of care and improve transparency.

Categories (partial):Evidence of NCD strategy
Year(s):2013-2020
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Federal Office of Public Health
Find out more:www.bag.admin.ch
Linked document:Download linked document

Switzerland Pledge

The aim of the pledge is to encourage responsible advertising practices as part of industry initiatives to contribute to a healthy and balanced diet. Based on a voluntary commitment, the Swiss Pledge initiative is based on similar programs already in place within the EU and remains open to other market participants who undertake to comply with the prescribed minimum criteria.

Categories:Evidence of Marketing Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2010 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Find out more:swiss-pledge.ch

National Strategy for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD strategy)

The strategy aims to encourage personal responsibility by promoting health literacy to enable people to make their own decisions consciously in the light of the risks and potential consequences for their health. The NCD strategy is also designed to improve public health literacy and create a framework facilitating healthier behaviour.

Categories:Evidence of NCD strategy
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Federal Office of Public Health
Linked document:Download linked document

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