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According to the department of health’s recent report on obesity in England, a staggering 4.3m men and 4.7m women aged over 16 were classified as obese in 2003—22 and 23 per cent respectively of the total population. Another excuse for the busybodies to lecture people on how they must behave?

A person is classed as obese if his or her body mass index (BMI) is over 30. BMI is calculated by dividing the body weight in kilos by the square of the height in metres. So a six-foot-tall person has a BMI of 30 at…

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