56% of Faroe Islanders classed as overweight or obese

More than half of Faroese adults are overweight or obese, a new Gallup survey has found.

The number of overweight Faroe Islanders has increased from 44 percent in 2003 to 56 percent in 2018. Meanwhile, the number of Faroe Islanders with “normal weight” has decreased over the past 15 years, the survey reveals, according to Faroese news website In.fo.

13 percent of the Faroese population can be classified as being obese.

The survey also reveals that more men than women – two in three men as compared to one in two women – are overweight or obese.

The survey was commissioned by the Public Health Council.

Author: Jens Hákun Leo