Thursday, November 06, 2003

Andrew Prentice in the Guardian

Prentice argues that obesity is the fastest growing epidemic in the world (presumably because, apart from AIDS, most epidemics are in decline or stable). He does point out that there is no need for a metabolic explanation of obesity - fat people just eat more than skinny people, generally. He believes we are getting fatter because we have evolved to store food, but there is no need to do that in a situation of plenty. He also notes that cosmetic reasons have been a useful check on increasing weight.

Guardian | The fat controller

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