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A fat chance

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 05 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2432
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    I always enjoyed the university annual eating competitions: five contestants at the zenith of their ability, swallowing whole pickled onions or boiled eggs, but only one winner. Gluttony was celebrated, and like many young people I never believed I would gain weight. But times change. Obesity is now common in the young and endemic to epidemic in adults. When we won the battle for wealth we lost the war of contentment. Doctors have foolishly rushed into this haemorrhaging of happiness.

    Obesity …

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