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Prevalence of obesity is low in people who do not eat meat

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 28 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:816
  1. Timothy Key, Research scientist,
  2. Gwyneth Davey, Senior research officer
  1. Imperial Cancer Research Fund Cancer Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford, Radcliffe Infirmary Oxford OX2 6HE

    EDITOR,—Britain is failing to meet targets that have been set for reducing obesity.1 One of the aims of the Health of the Nation strategy is to reduce the percentages of men and women who are obese to 6% and 8%, respectively, by 2005,2 but the Health Survey for England 1994 shows that the prevalence of obesity had increased to 13.2% among men and 16.0% among women by 1994.3 This increase is probably partly due to a reduction in physical activity; the importance of the composition of the diet is not …

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