Saturday, May 31, 2008

obesity no epidemic

It looks like I was right to be sceptical about the obesity epidemic. To me it always seemed like an ideal vehicle for professional health fanatics and the types who can only find work running government programs.

AUSTRALIA'S childhood obesity epidemic has been "exaggerated" and government-led national prevention efforts may be misdirected, with childhood obesity only increasing in lower-income families.
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Controversial new research into childhood obesity rates has called into question whether the millions of dollars allocated by the Federal Government for obesity prevention programs should be targeted to the highest-risk groups, rather than focused at the general population.

The findings, based on measurements taken from thousands of Australian children in two nationally representative samples in 2000 and 2006, found that the growth in childhood obesity overall has slowed to a crawl, and the only statistically significant increases are now among boys and girls from low-income homes, The Australian reports......

The risk group was identified as low income earners. So if the government does introduce a "junk food tax" it will be a tax on the poor.

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