Childhood obesity and consumption of fizzy drinks: Diet is not that important in obesity

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7456.54 (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:54
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner (destwo@yahoo.co.uk)
  1. Maryhill, Glasgow G20 9DR

    Editor—Managing risk is concerned with a hierarchy of control in which controlling a dangerous environment is the best strategy for limiting risk—for example, taking people off operating machinery by automating processes. The study by James et al on preventing childhood obesity by reducing the consumption of carbonated drinks seeks to limit the risk of obesity but its method, using health promotion, is analogous to walking …

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