Citing scientific research at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, the Daily Mail reports that teenagers with a body mass index of 20 or above – normal weight is deemed a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 – are at greater risk of early death from heart disease.
Clearly, what is regarded as normal needs to be adjusted for lazy lifestyle, absence of exercise and too much processed food. Policy-makers still seem to be way behind the curve – experimenting with sugar taxes is not enough. Governments need radical reform.
Let me turn this to an open question:
What are the principle elements of a radical reform strategy to tackle advancing obesity, especially in the young?