We often read reports of obesity and overweight increasing worldwide and that these trends are hard to reverse. We are therefore pleased to learn that there are examples of public health projects that have managed to reverse this trend. In Läkartididningen nr 37 there is a report from the city of Seinäjoki in southern Ostrobothnia. They have, by encouraging students to move during school hours, increased schooling and better school meals, reduced the weight of five-year-olds from 17 to 10% between 2009 and 2015. These results have put this city in Finland on the map. Foreign newspapers and public health workers are now visiting the city to learn more about the “Seinäjoki model” and how to reduce and prevent obesity.


Olof Sandström 2017-09-18