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Obesity epidemic may be flattening out – but no time for complacency

The Lancet has published a new report on childhood obesity.  It reviews information published since their earlier report 8 years ago, and covers causes, health effects,  prevention and treatment.

The authors say that the prevalence of childhood might be stabilising in developed countries.  However, there is much to be done to combat the threat to health.

“Efforts to prevent obesity should continue at all levels, with the goal of an outcome that is greater than the sum of its parts. These efforts should be made in tandem with an increased commitment to more robust research. We expect that the next 10 years will be a time of new discoveries and collective societal actions that will help to eliminate this scourge of the new millennium.”

Read more: Press release, Bristol University, 6 May 2010

Read the Lancet report (PDF)

Published on May 7, 2010 in International news