5 Steps to prevent Heart Disease

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Big Gov't to prevent obesity?

TITLE PAGE  8: The Government Knows how to prevent obesity?

Our public health leaders must replace prevarication with imagination.”

From the editorial concerning obesity in “The Catastrophic failures of public health.”

Lancet 2004; 363-745

Caveat Emptor:

Two large studies in the 1990’s, for example, asked whether the measures usually advocated to prevent children from gaining weight are effective.”

Benjamin Caballeo did an 8 year, 20 million dollar project sponsored by National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute with 1,704 third graders in the Southwest.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2003.

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in 1999.
5,106 children from 96  schools in California, Louisiana, Michigan and Texas sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.  

In neither of these large studies did government intervention help prevent obesity.  

From Rethinking Thin by Gina Kolata, pages 197 to 199.

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