A healthy weight

A healthy weight

More and more people are overweight, and obesity is a problem in all industrialised countries. Secondary diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and arthritis are also increasing. In the long run, obesity leads to a higher mortality rate and increasing health costs. The most alarming development is the increase in child and adolescent obesity. In Switzerland, every fifth child is overweight. Obesity is a consequence of the changing lifestyle in industrialised countries. We eat too much and get too little exercise. If we don’t act soon, obesity will continue to rise. At the same time, more and more children – mostly girls – try hard to keep their weight down at a very young age. They are in danger of developing severe eating disorders. 10% of all children in Switzerland are underweight or control their eating behaviour. Public health strategies focus on the prevention of obesity. It is important that parents be good role models for their children and lead a healthy lifestyle. Day care centres, schools and business canteens are other important target groups.

  • Overweight: Ask your pediatrician or GP for help.
  • Eating disorders: Please see the addresses at the end of this chapter.

Switzerland

Addresses and links

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* = Services explicitly offered also in other languages than German.

Aargau

Addresses and links

  • Special consultation for children with eating disorders by the Psychiatrischen Dienst AG: www.pdag.ch

  • Project in the Canton of Aargau regarding a healthy weight: www.ag.ch

  • Optimahl.ch offers counselling for parents regarding nutrition: www.optimahl.ch

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Basel-Landschaft

Addresses and links

  • Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrischer Dienst KJPD: www.pbl.ch

  • Psychotherapeutic station for female adolescents with severe eating disorders: www.pbl.ch

  • «aktion gesundes körpergewicht», Gesundheitsförderung BL: www.agk.bl.ch

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Basel-Stadt

Addresses and links

  • Special consultation for children with eating disorders at the Kinder und Jugendpsychiatrische Klinik (KJPK) Basel: www.upkbs.ch

  • Projects in the Canton of Basel-Stadt on healthy weight: www.gesundheit.bs.ch

Solothurn

Addresses and links

Book recommendations

The project Schnitz und Drunder has put together an informative guide ond healthy Nutrition.

Get the pdf.