Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

News Roundup [abridged Versions Appear In The Paper Journal]

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

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7569.620 (Published 21 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:620

Rapid Response:

No proved effect - no funding

While the health of the nation is improving, obesity grows in prevalence.
Is this disturbing? Probably yes. Are there proved effective means of
preventing childhood obesity? No. Is there any evidence that population
measures agains obesity not only reduce body weight, but improve
health? Definetely - no.

While the actions of the US Government may seems to be discouraging, it
is just common sense to say that if you do not have effective means, do
nothing.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 September 2006
Vasiliy Vlassov
Director
Russian Branch of the Nordic Cochrane Centre