Rising trend may be due to “pathoenvironment”

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7019.1569 (Published 09 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1569
  1. Eric Ravussin
  1. Visiting scientist Clinical Diabetes and Nutrition Section, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA

    EDITOR,--The prevalence of obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and many European countries. Andrew M Prentice and Susan A Jebb provide convincing evidence that “simple gluttony” cannot account for this increased prevalence since over the past 20 years food intake has decreased whereas body mass index has continued to increase in Britain.1 The authors conclude that physical activity has decreased even faster over the same period and so obesity can be blamed on “sloth.” …

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