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What to do about the UK’s obesity problem?

Three in ten children are overweight. Time for concerted government action

By Richard Murray  

In the 1980s fewer than one in ten British adults were obese (people with a BMI of 30 or more). By 2016, this had risen to over a quarter, thereby leaving the UK as the “heaviest” country in Europe. For children aged between 2-15 years, three in ten are overweight or obese. As we know overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults, this means a whole new generation is growing up facing a lifetime of problems with their weight.

Does it matter? Well, the evidence suggests it does. Obesity raises…

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