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No inroads made on child obesity

THE World Health Organisation, in its obesity report, appears not to have noticed that the car dominates our residential roads and that this prevents children from playing outside close to home, as they have done since before becoming homo sapiens.

When they can play outside, children are active and have a healthy lifestyle without costly intervention from the state.

The major problem is lack of fitness, rather than obesity. Obviously, they are related, but primacy needs to be given to addressing the lack of fitness.

ROB WHEWAY

Director, Children's Play Advisory Service

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