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Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)

Excess weight (and its evolution) in Switzerland as assessed by BMI and waist circumference from various data sets

Summary of Research

This research strand is focused on overweight and obesity (excess weight) in Switzerland. By adding the evolutionary perspective, we want to better understand the reasons behind this health issue (life-history theory, etc.). We analyse modern population monitoring data (schoolchildren and conscripts) and population-based surveys (e.g., menuCH) and identify groups at risk. A special focus is given to small-area patterns, also in combination with other data sets (Swiss Food Panel, Migros sales data, etc.).

Selected Published Articles


  • Swiss Federal Office of Public Health

  • Mäxi Foundation