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  • Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark

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The aim of this project is to expand our knowledge about the relationship between socio-economic status and overweight and obesity in Denmark. The role of cultural norms, psychological factors, dietary practices and physical activity as possible mechanisms involved in the development of overweight and obesity will be investigated. The significance of biological factors as subjectively perceived by overweight and obese individuals will be highlighted too. It is generally recognised that the causes of overweight and obesity are closely related to social and cultural phenomena. Systematic research in such areas is therefore important for the development of health promotion strategies in the field of obesity. The project consists of a quantitative and a qualitative part. The quantitative part is based on analysis of data from the Danish National Survey of Dietary Habits 2000-2002. Analysis will include associations between relative weight and dimensions of socio-economic status as well as influence of attitudes, dietary habits and physical activity. Qualitative interviews with 30 selected participants from the survey will include participants life story, perception of own weight and determinants of weight.
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