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Parents key to reducing overweight in children

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 09 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:832
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Parents have been identified as the key to reducing overweight and obesity in children by promoting healthier eating in the family and encouraging exercise.

    The evidence based briefing on tackling obesity and overweight from the Health Development Agency, on which the finding is based, also pointed to schools as having an important role in preventing obesity, especially in girls.

    Surveys show that obesity has nearly trebled in the United Kingdom since 1980 and continues to rise, with nearly two thirds of men and over half of women either overweight or obese. Among …

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