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Tackling the obesity epidemic: new approaches

Reilly, John J (2006) Tackling the obesity epidemic: new approaches. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 91 (9). pp. 724-726. ISSN 0003-9888

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Abstract

The epidemic of obesity in UK children and adolescents began in the mid to late 1980s.1 As in other parts of the world, overweight and obesity have become very common, and prevalence continues to increase. The most recent nationally available data from within the UK come from the Health Survey for England 2004:2 in 2–10 year olds 16% of boys and 12% of girls were obese (BMI ≥95th centile), and in 11–15 year olds a staggering 24% of English boys and 26% of English girls were obese in 2004.