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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Childhood obesity not a growing problem

A timely report by the Social Issues Research Centre argues that current speculation about an epidemic of childhood obesity is overhyped and distracts attention from the real problem of rising levels of adult obesity. The charts tell the story: for example, this showing the change in Body Mass Index (BMI) for girls between 1995 and 2003.

Hardly a day passes without reports of some new initiative to improve the eating habits of the young. I suspect that this is because those who would force us to be better find it easier to interfere in the lives of children.

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