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"There was a fat boy in our street. People called him fatso", observes the main character in Kieron Smith, Boy, a novel by James Kellman narrated from the point of view of a child from the time he is 4 to almost 13. Through his eyes, we see a picture of life in Glasgow in the 1960s ‐ and get an idea of the changes taking place. At the time, obesity was unusual enough to draw attention. Yet now more than a third of Scottish 12‐ year‐olds are overweight, a fifth are obese and over one in ten severely obese. The statistics for adults are even worse, with almost two‐thirds of men and more than half of women overweight. The situation is better in the other OECD countries, apart from the United States, but obesity is a concern almost everywhere, in the OECD area and beyond.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2010-09-01

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