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No progress in reducing childhood obesity despite increased awareness, report says

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 21 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:620
  1. Janice Tanne
  1. New York

    Childhood obesity is increasing and becoming a serious health problem, but the US government has cancelled a Centers for Disease Control programme called Verb, which had produced documented successes, says the US Institute of Medicine, a part of the National Academies of Sciences.

    The CDC's programme was a five year social marketing campaign to promote physical activity in children aged 9-13 years. Evaluation showed that the programme had positive results, but funding was discontinued and will end this month. The programme's website ( encourages children to find activities in their …

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