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Study Finds British Girls are the Most Overweight in Europe

by Kathy Jones on May 29, 2014 at 5:46 PM
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 Study Finds British Girls are the Most Overweight in Europe

A new survey has found that British girls were ranked the most overweight in Europe and also came at 30th place on a worldwide scale.

Some 29.2 percent of British girls aged below 19 are classified as obese or overweight, the 27th-worst record in the world, according to the University of Washington study published in Lancet.

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John Newton, chief knowledge officer at the government agency Public Health England, blamed the "worrying" increase partly on fast-food culture.

"We have to look at the environment in which people are living, and the constant pressure to eat unhealthy food means things are particularly a problem for girls more than boys," he said.

"Speaking as the father of a teenage daughter, girls are particularly prone to peer pressure."

Source: AFP
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