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BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1314
  1. Kamran Abbasi (
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    One of the urban myths of parenting is that chubby children bloom into dumpy adults. There is evidence that childhood obesity is rising, perhaps dramatically. But Charlotte Wright and colleagues (pp 1280-4) infer from their cohort study that there is “no excess adult health risk [of disease] from childhood or teenage overweight.” Moreover, thin children are just as likely to be fat adults, with the thinnest having “the highest …

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