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Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute

Publication: Adult body-mass index trends in 200 countries

As member of the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration, EBPI researcher David Fäh participated in a study leading to a paper recently published in The Lancet. Our institute provided data on BMI that was collected in the 1980s and 1990s in the framework of the MONICA study that was lead by Professor Felix Gutzwiller.
The Lancet study showed that obesity prevalence is still on the strong rise globally. However, Switzerland has lower rates than most other developed countries, particularly in women. The full study is available here: The Lancet 387, No 10026