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The Obesity Panic

7:00pm, Wednesday 17 January 2007, Contact shf@academyofideas.org.uk for more information.

The health panic about obesity seems to know no end. We are constantly warned that being overweight is dangerous, and that obesity will soon be the biggest ‘preventable’ cause of ill-health, even overtaking smoking. That has meant an endless diet of keep fit and lifestyle shows, a crusade about school meals and a ban on ‘junk food’ advertising to children - including that famously poisonous concoction, cheese. Hospital patients have even been refused surgery if they don’t slim down. What are the facts about obesity, and what should we do about it?

SPEAKER(S)

Rob Lyons, spiked-online

READINGS

Four big, fat myths, Sunday Telegraph, 27 November 2006

spiked issue: Obesity

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