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Five Percent of Children in Iceland Are Obese

Approximately 2,500 children in the Reykjavík area alone require treatment for obesity; it is estimated that five percent of children in Iceland are obese. Icelanders place fourth in a ranking of the most overweight European nations.

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The Landspítali hospital is the white building to the left. Photo by Dagbjört Oddný Matthíasdóttir.

An outpatient department offering resources for children suffering from obesity opened earlier this month at Barnaspítali Hringsins, the children’s ward of the Landspítali national hospital in Reykjavík, visir.is reports.

A study on behalf of Landspítali has been conducted in the past five years on how to treat obesity in children and what resources should be available for their families.

The experimental treatment has proven successful and now the authorities have contributed ISK 10 million (USD 89,000, EUR 61,000) to the outpatient department.

Senior physician at Barnaspítali Hringsins, Ragnar Bjarnason, said obesity among children results in lower quality of life and life expectancy for the nation.

It is least expensive and most efficient to take action while the patients are young, he stated, adding he is certain the funding will be quick to pay off.

“If we put the amount into context it covers four bypass surgeries, or stomach reduction surgeries, as they are often called,” Bjarnason explained.

The team which will treat young obesity patients at the outpatient ward will be comprised of a physician, psychologist and nutritionist to begin with but later on other specialists will join them, sport scientists, for example.

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