Background – University of Copenhagen

Background: Why was Project FINE put into action?


Why do we become overweight?
Overweight is caused by a positive energy balance, where the intake of calories is regularly higher than the amount of energy burned. This is partially due to a modern lifestyle that involves using forms of transportation that do not require physical exertion, working at sedentary jobs, and having a lack of physically active leisure pursuits in addition to regularly over-consuming food.


The consequences of too little physical activity
Overweight or obese individuals have a much higher risk of developing lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but the risk varies from person to person and cannot be explained only by differences in lifestyle factors. There is an increasing focus on the fact that physical exercise is a cornerstone of successful weight management.


Move 30 to 60 minutes a day
Health authorities in Denmark and a number of other countries recommend at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day in order to prevent overweight and lifestyle diseases, and to add "years to life" and well as "life to years". However, for overweight individuals who want to lose weight, 60 minutes of daily physical activity is recommended.

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