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Obesity in Britain

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 09 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1568
  1. J N Morris
  1. Emeritus professor Health Promotion Sciences Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT

    Lifestyle data do not support sloth hypothesis

    EDITOR,--The question of whether obesity in Britain is due to gluttony or sloth may be even more obscure than Andrew M Prentice and Susan A Jebb allow.1 A particular concern is the apparent doubling of adult obesity (body mass index >30) during 1980-91, from a prevalence of 6% to 13% in men and from 8% to 15% in women. A puzzling feature of these statistics, however, is the absence of a corresponding increase in the prevalence of overweight …

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