Essay by t1g3r March 2004

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This thesis was accomplished to gain knowledge whether or not the youths are overweight and if there is a connection to how they eat and exercise.

In Dagens Nyheter Malin Byström wrote that 25% of children was overweight at the age of ten and 1998's statistics from the mandatory military service in Sweden show that 17,5% of the applicants were overweight. Studies that were made in USA ("Fetma ökar bland tonåringar", PrimaVi) showed even a higher percentage that was overweight, more than 20% of USA's population was suffering from fatness. All of these figures are very alarmingly high in comparison to what my inquiry showed. It showed a very different result, 22% was underweight.

But there was a clear connection between how they ate and exercised; the underweight ate little and exercised often while the overweight ate a lot and exercised little or nothing.


Are today's youths overweight? If so, are there any connections to how they eat and exercise?


When I look around at grade school I think I clearly can see that younger people have a more substantial risk to become overweight than people born five years earlier had at their age.

Because of my observations I'd think that many of today's young are overweight and that it has a connection to how they eat and exercise.



BMI (Body Mass Index) is a measure of your fatness-level. It is used by nutritionists, doctors and others, all over the world. Body Mass Index is probably the most reliable way to find out if you're overweight, underweight or if your weight is right. But someone should never just rely on their BMI. There are of course exceptions where the BMI doesn't reflect the right image of someone's weight, e.g. if a man,