Focused prevention of obesity – a debate meeting

July 7, 2011

Are high risk groups the best target groups for prevention against obesity?

The obesity epidemic grows and it has serious consequences for the individual and the society. Obesity is becoming the norm due to half of the Danish population being overweight. There has not been a change even though the problem is discussed vividly by politicians, professionals and in the media. Effective initiatives to stop obesity are apparently lacking.

A work group by the Danish Board of Technology has come to the conclusion that prevention against obesity must be targeted towards high risk groups.

The Danish Health Minister Bertel Haarder participated with his view on prevention against obesity and was followed by the presentation of the work group’s conclusions. Afterwards more experts and politicians debated the problem.