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Curbs on fast food chains could halt rise in obesity, says WHO

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1391 (Published 06 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1391
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Government regulation of fast food chains could halt the global rise in obesity, a paper published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization has concluded.1

The paper looked at the number of fast food transactions per capita in 25 high income countries from 1999 to 2008 and compared this with changes in the average body mass index (BMI) of the population.

During that period the average number of fast food transactions per capita each year increased …

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