A widening class gap is likely to be seen in the coming years in childhood obesity, a study suggests.Funny, just after the government is handed the message ‘Stop banging on about class, it isn’t working’, it gets picked up somewhere else…
Previous research has suggested rates in England may be levelling off.Well, of course it is!
But the University College London team found this was happening most in children aged two to 10 from wealthier backgrounds.
You are preaching to the converted there – to the worried middle-classes who read the ‘Guardian’ and the ‘Telegraph’ and haven’t yet realised that that most of these government figures aren’t worth the wholemeal rice paper they are written on!
Other people have far greater things to worry about...
They analysed data gathered by the government-funded Health Survey for England.And definition of ‘obesity’ no doubt based on the faulty BMI. And we’ve seen the crazy consequences of that before…
But the rent-seekers are out in force, looking to ensure they’ll still have a job in the new administration to come:
Lead researcher Dr Emmanuel Stamatakis said: "This highlights the need for public health action to reverse recent trends and narrow social inequalities in health."No, it doesn’t.
Nothing of the sort, actually.
"The widening socio-economic gap may be partly due to difficulties to reach and communicate health messages to families from lower socio-economic groups."Yes, it’s because the people who work for a living either don’t care what the government says, or realise that most of it is utter bilge, intended to keep someone in a cozy office job somewhere.
But where’s Tam Fry? Surely that grinning little homunculus heard the ringing of the dinner bell?
Ah! There he is:
Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, agreed awareness was more likely to be greater among wealthier families.And we can’t have anyone having an advantage in the UK, can we..?
But he added: "It is also often quite expensive and time-consuming to buy healthy food and that puts wealthier parents at an advantage."
Unless it's a troughing politician, that is...