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Obesity causes 30 000 deaths a year, report says

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 26 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:192
  1. Alex Vass
  1. BMJ

    Most adults in England are overweight, and one in five¾ around 8 million in total¾ is obese, says a government report. If the current trend continues, by 2005 a quarter of women and a fifth of men could be obese.

    Currently 30 000 deaths a year are linked to obesity. The cost to the NHS is estimated at £500m ($700m; €800) a year.

    The report, by the parliamentary public accounts committee, says people responsible for health care, education, transport, sport, and recreation and for the labelling and marketing …

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