Let's not forget that it's only been four years since The Lancet received blanket media coverage with some
The latest figures show that the male obesity rate is 26% and the female obesity rate is 23.8%. Awkward.
As you can see from these graphs, rates of obesity for both men and women are well below even the low end of what the Lancet predicted.
Awkward, but hardly unusual. In 2006, we were told that 33 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women would be obese by 2010. In 2007, we were told by the supposedly authoritative Foresight committee that that 36 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women would be obese by 2015. Needless to say, these forecasts were hopelessly wrong, as obesity forecasts always are. Maybe it's time to start ignoring the soothsayers of 'public health'?