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A curious case of childhood obesity

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 18 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1705
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner, Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  1. drfarrell{at}

Finding the magic cottage was tricky. I asked directions from a sulky young girl in a red hoodie. “Get lost,” she said, “I’m morphing awkwardly into adulthood. Subtext too subtle for you?”

I summoned the great god Pan. He was adjusting his loincloth, which was revealingly and impressively askew. “Sorry, can’t stay,” he smirked, “A wood nymph just called around; comprendez?”

I eventually tracked down the cottage by the pricking of my thumbs—and sat-nav. Reality was on holiday, …

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