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Overweight and obesity, men and women at military muster (C)


Percentage of boys and girls age 17 with overweight (i.e. BMI between 25-29,9 kg/m²), obesity ( i.e. BMI above 30 kg/m²) or overweigt or obesity (i.e. BMI above 25 kg/m²) out of all persons who supplied height and weight in the internet based military muster (sesjon 1).

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Three measures are available. Use the Measure button to select:
1. Number = Number per year
2. Per cent = Percentage of all who have supplied height and weight at first military muster (sesjon 1).
3. Relative to the country value (Norway = 100) = Ratio between the county's rate and the national rate for a given year. Examples; ratio = 130 means that the county's rate is 30% higher than the national level. A ratio of 87 means that the county's rate is 13% lower than the national level.

Body mass index (BMI) is an expression for weight in relation to height and is used to measure and compare the health risks of e.g. overweight in a population.

WHO has set the following limits to classify overweight and obesity among adults over 18 years using BMI (kg / m²):
BMI between 25 and 29.9 = overweight
BMI of 30 and above = obesity

For children and young people under 18 years IOTF's age- and gender-specific threshold values are used to classify overweight and obesity. These values are used to calculate the proportion of overweight among 17 year olds.

Rationale for indicator
Overweight and obesity increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, osteoarthritis of the knees and hips and some cancers such as colon cancer. Overweight and obesity can also have serious mental health consequences. There is no clear BMI threshold for when disease risks increases or decreases, the transitions are sliding.

Prevention of obesity is of great importance. Measures that can affect food and activity habits will be of particular importance.
Norwegian Defence personnel and conscript center
Data are self-reported height and weight supplied in the internet based military muster (sesjon 1) to the Norwegian Defence. BMI has been calculated based on height and weight.
Interpretation and sources of error
Regarding assessment of individuals' degree of overweight and obesity, BMI is not always suitable because several other factors come into play. A weakness of BMI is that it does not distinguish between fat and muscle mass. For health, it also matters how the fat is distributed on the body.
When numbers are missing
Statistics based on fewer than three cases are hidden for privacy reasons. When the population segment that the cases are collected from is smaller than 10, data are also hidden for privacy reasons. In addition, statistics for a subset are concealed, if the figure for this subgroup, with the figure for the group, could be used to derive a number that is hidden for privacy reasons.

If more than 20 per cent of the numbers in a time series are hidden for privacy reasons, the entire time series is concealed so as not to create a false impression of the situation. Time series are also hidden where more than 50 per cent of the numbers in the time series are based on 6 or fewer cases.
Time periods
Geographical level
Norway, health regions and counties
Both genders, boys and girls
Age groups
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