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Monday, October 3, 2011

Fighting Fat In Finland

A cyclist in Finland. (Flickr/Ruben DiazAlonso)

A cyclist in Finland. (Flickr/Ruben DiazAlonso)

According to a new study, many Americans talk skinny, but eat fat.

The research firm Technomic reports that while 47 percent of Americans say they’d like restaurants to offer healthier items like salads, only 23 percent tend to order those foods.

In a country where more than two-thirds of the population is overweight or obese, food choices are often made on impulse.

And the U.S. is not alone. More than 2.5 million people around the world die each year as a result of being overweight or obese.

In Finland, a law called Health In All Policies forces decision makers to consider how everything they do will impact residents’ health.

For instance, local officials are urged to plan developments that encourage people to exercise.

The BBC’s Charlotte Ashton reports from the Finnish city of Turku about efforts there to legislate healthy living into city planning.

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this article.

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