Sydney: The so-called `obesity epidemic` has been grossly exaggerated by both the media and the medical mainstream, according to an expert.Michael Gard at the Charles Sturt University, Australia, argues that in their attempts to raise awareness about obesity, researchers and health authorities completely misrepresented the size and nature of the problem."Obesity rates have been stable or falling around the western world for over 10 years. Health in most western countries is improving, while obesity is simply one among the many health challenges we face," a Charles Sturt statement quotes Gard as saying.
"The (latest) book will inform those who are interested in the way western countries tend to breed health panics," Gard says. "While there was an element of truth about the obesity `epidemic`, it never was, and is not now, nearly as serious as declared by some. The book is a case study in how and why health panics - as scientific, political and cultural issues - grow and spread," he adds.IANS
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