Obesity in Switzerland

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Obesity in Switzerland has been increasingly cited as a major health issue in recent years.

The canton of Zurich is considered the most unfit canton in Switzerland.[1] The people who are considered unfit in that canton are mostly located in its largest city, Zurich. People from Zurich tend to be less active compared to people in the countryside.[1]

Swiss women are considered much slimmer than Germans.[2] Twenty-nine per cent of Swiss women are considered to be overweight.[2]


Inactivity is blamed for the lack of fitness in men in the canton of Zurich.[1]


The obesity level in men in the canton of Zurich means that only 54.1% of men are fit enough for military duty.[1] In addition, physical symptoms like back pain, obesity and asthma are more frequently reported.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Der Westen wird immer dicker" (in German). Neue Zürcher Zeitung. February 1, 2010. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Der Westen wird immer dicker" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. August 23, 2010. Retrieved March 8, 2011.