The higher a teenager’s BMI the greater their risk of early death as an adult | Daily Mail Online

Body mass index (BMI) values

Body mass index (BMI) values (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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.

Source: The higher a teenager’s BMI the greater their risk of early death as an adult | Daily Mail Online

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?

Thoughts?