Went to Copenhagen last week and didn't see fat people!
really? i’m 30mins north right now, in banjo country admittedly, and the demographic seems pretty similar to the UK. diet appears to have more in common with that of the US than the UK, although i agree that fast food is far less common. at work food seems to be either meat or salad. maybe that’s just where i am.Posted 4 years ago
copenhagen is flat and i suspect that has more to do with cycle use ( and it’s development through copenhagen’s history ) than anything else.
in summary i’d say denmark has a great deal in common with the rest of europe…
Lessons like stopping supermarkets selling unhealthy food and taxing fast junk food establishments to the hilt for a start. Make cyclists king of the roads not cars and lorries. No quick fixes but we must change this unhealthy way of life that’s been created in the Uk.Posted 4 years agoneilcoMember
I live 30k south of Copenhagen. Fat people are not allowed in the city as it looks bad (only skinny girls and impossibly metro guys allowed, like any capital), but we do have a few of them around here. Lots of cycling, lots of running but there is a LOT of drinking and whilst McD’s etc. don’t feature too large, the local diet ain’t the healthiest.
That said, still happy that my misses is a Dane 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Just remember, don’t compare Copenhagen to Hartlepool or whatever your favourite poor town is. It’s a big capital which changes things, like I say. London also has fresh healthy food all around and thin beautiful people – at least the bits you see as a tourist or business person.Posted 4 years agochickenmanSubscriber
Curiously, I stayed near Copenhagen for a couple of months back in ’81, saw lots of fat people. Put that down to the cakes and puddings (that they do rather well; what was it called Rodgrodmifluj?? haven’t a Scooby how to spell that..)Posted 4 years ago
Of course they sell all their bacon to Blighty these days…
Granted I only saw a splice of Danish life and the company HQ I visited 45mins out of Copenhagen had a gym, spin class aerobic class, sports massage and drying room and the lucky employees came into work at 6am and went home at 2-3 pm, apart from the scientist whom they locked awayPosted 4 years ago
Given the 188% duty on cars and the high tax on junk food and the 10,000,000 bicycles in Denmark it’s not that surprising. They also eat fresh healthy food and there is no pub culture. Came home feeling rather envious of their way of life. Some lessons to be learnt me thinks.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve not made any claim that drinking doesn’t exist in Denmark, the observations I made was from a 3 day visit and talking to Brits and Danes who live and work in Denmark. Saturday night was culture night also Denmark played Italy the locals were having a good time but they weren’t falling around puking their guts up around the city, reserved happy chilled out people proud of their way of life.Posted 4 years agoninfanMember
There has been a pronounced, distinctive increase of the prevalence of obesity within almost all age groups of the Danish population, during the last 25-30 years. The largest increase has been documented in studies based on objective data from total populations and the latest data show the increase will continue. The Danish studies show heterogeneity in the development of the obesity epidemic. A close association with birth cohorts indicates a need for further aetiological research, not only into behavioural factors, but also into early life factors that may explain some of this developmental pattern.
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