Britain is failing to meet targets on reducing obesity

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1440

People in Britain are getting fatter and nearly 90% have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, says a 1994 survey published by the Department of Health last week. The annual survey monitors progress towards the government's Health of the Nation targets for cardiovascular disease and is one of the largest and most detailed surveys of its kind in England.

The number of obese people increased from 12.7% to 13.2% of men and from 15.0% to 16.0% of women between 1991 and 1994. These findings confirm …

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