Sweden has been hailed as a food superpower by many in the food industry, but a study has revealed that a high percentage of Swedish children are malnourished.
Swedish food giants Ingrediks have revealed that over the last decade, nearly 80% of children under the age of five in the country are malNOURISHED, with just over a third of them suffering from underweight or obesity.
“In terms of food, Sweden is in a good place,” said Ingredik CEO Peter Fristre.
“It’s a very healthy country.”
The Swedish health authorities, which have been trying to improve the health of the country’s children, have recently introduced a new programme aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of children, and the results are already being seen.
“We know that kids under five are malNutritionally well-balanced and they’re getting a good balance of nutrients from food, but at the same time they’re still underweight,” said Fristra.
“The problem is that these kids don’t have access to good food.”
Ingredik said that children who eat poorly and underweight are at greater risk of underweight later in life, and are also at higher risk of obesity later in their lives.
“A lot of times, kids who are overweight and undernourish, they have problems with their waistlines,” said CEO Fristr.
“They need to go back to school, they need to have a diet that is very well balanced, which can include fruits and vegetables.”
“There’s also the issue of kids with an eating disorder, which is a problem that affects around a third [of children],” he added.
Ingrids research into underweight and obesity among Swedish children has been funded by the Swedish Health Authority, with the aim of helping the Swedish public to get a better understanding of the health problems of under-five children.””
We’re also going to try and get the nutrition out of it and improve the balance.”
Ingrids research into underweight and obesity among Swedish children has been funded by the Swedish Health Authority, with the aim of helping the Swedish public to get a better understanding of the health problems of under-five children.
“What we’re doing is looking at different kinds of undernutrition, and looking at how to make sure we have good food, and also how to get that food to the kids who have the greatest risk of being underweight in the future,” said Dr. Kari Mokka, the Swedish director of the Swedish Nutrition Institute.
“But also, there’s an issue of obesity, because if you want to make things more sustainable, we need to increase the intake of healthy food.”‘
A little bit of everything’According to Ingredicks research, the average Swedish child is underweight by around 3kg, and their waist circumference is over 35in (98cm).
“We’re looking at things like how to improve their eating habits, which are also very important,” said Mokkka.
“If you look at the amount of food in the home, there are lots of things we can do to improve our home.”
For example, you can make more energy in your home and that’s really important because you can use it for other things, like exercising.
“Ingedicks also works closely with the Swedish Academy of Science, which has recently launched a programme aimed to help improve the nutrition and wellbeing in children and young people.”
We are always looking at ways of making sure that we improve the food that is being served to our children,” said Ms Mokke.”
In addition to that, we have a number of nutrition experts working in the field.”
“We are always looking at ways of making sure that we improve the food that is being served to our children,” said Ms Mokke.