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UCL in the News: Obesity UK: we are getting as fat as Americans

2 September 2007

Never mind the angst about size zero.

Most of the population should worry more about resembling the shape of an O, according to a new report which reveals that our bodies keep expanding. …

The new study, based on body scans of nearly 9,000 UK adults, has also found big differences in the average American and British body shapes. …

"[The] significant differences in body shape between US and UK white adults may prove to play a key role in accounting for differences in morbidity and mortality," say the researchers from UCL [Computer Science] whose study appears in the International Journal of Obesity. …

Half of the nation's children will be classified as obese by 2050 if present trends continue.

Roger Dobson and Richard Garner, 'The Independent'