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Danish women ‘more inactive and overweight’

Less biking and more screen time is taking a toll.

Danish women ‘more inactive and overweight’
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A new study form the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) shows that a decrease in cycling and an increase of sitting in front of computer screens have led to significant reductions in Danes’ physical activity levels. 
 
The study looked at the levels of physical activity among Danish adults in 2011-12 and found that Danes – particularly women – are less active than they were just four years earlier. 
 
On average, women took 1,100 fewer steps per day than they did in 2007-2008 and the proportion of women who don’t take the recommended 7,500 steps per day jumped from 24 to 31 percent. 
 
”In recent years Danish women have become more inactive and overweight. Women are therefore also important to focus on in public health promotion,” senior adviser Jeppe Matthiessen from the National Food Institute said in an article published on the DTU website
 
The study concluded that as more and more Danes favour cars to bicycles, the average totals for physical activity have gone down noticeably. Likewise, Danes have increased their daily screen time by an average of an hour each day .
 
Matthiessen said that small changes could a big difference in activity levels. 
 
“Get on your bike or walk when you have the chance – and log off Facebook and go for a walk instead. It is not necessary to break a sweat to be physically active,” he said.
 
The study used data from the Danish National Survey of Diet and Physical Activity, which concluded that every third Dane is classified as physically inactive.
 
The survey used pedometer data for the number of daily steps and self-reported cycling information that was then converted into steps and added to the total. Data was collected from 1,610 Danes between the ages of 18 and 75. 

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New Year’s Eve injury rate bounces back to normal in Denmark

The number of people treated for fireworks-related injuries on New Year's Eve in Denmark has bounced back to normal levels, with 16 people treated for eye injuries after the celebrations.

New Year's Eve injury rate bounces back to normal in Denmark
Fireworks led to 16 eye injuries on New Year's Eve. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

This is up from the unusually low 12 people who were treated for eye injuries during and after the celebrations last year. Two of this year’s injuries are sufficiently severe that the injured are expected to lose their sight completely or partially.

“After a very quiet evening last year, it is back to a normal, average level,” Ulrik Correll Christensen, head doctor at the ophthalmology department at Rigshospitalet, told the country’s Ritzau newswire. “It is a completely extraordinary situation at the eye departments on New Year’s Eve. It is not at all something we see on a daily basis.” 

Christensen has tallied up reports from all of Denmark’s eye units, including the major ones in Copenhagen, Aalborg, Aarhus, Odense and Næstved. 

He said that 15 out of the 16 cases had not worn safety goggles, two thirds were between ten and thirty years old. 

“The most important thing is to follow the advice when firing fireworks. Wear safety goggles and keep a good distance,” he said. 

The number of ambulance call outs on New Year’s Eve is also back to normal, with 1,188 emergency vehicles sent out, compared to 875 last year. 

In the Capital Region of Copenhagen, there were 44 call-outs were related to fireworks, of which 16 were for hand injuries and 14 for eye injuries. 

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