Distribution of body mass index in Sweden 2018, by gender

A higher share of men than women were overweight in Sweden in 2018. 42.1 percent of the men and 29.3 percent of the women were overweight that year, which means that they had a body mass index of between 25 and 29.9. More than half of the women were normal weight, while the share of men that were normal weight that year was almost 42 percent.

Distribution of body mass index (BMI) in Sweden in 2018, by gender

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Release date

April 2019



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Supplementary notes

The statistic is based on a survey where the following questions were asked: "How tall are you?" and "How much do you weigh?". Between 12,000 and 13,000 persons were interviewed over a one year period. According to the survey results, the BMI was calculated.

The source adds the following information: "BMI is calculated as the ratio between body weight (in kilograms) and the squared body height (in meters): (Weight/(height*height))."

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