Chris Snowdon writes for Spectator Health

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for Spectator Health on childhood obesity figures.

In his article Chris argues that if you take Britain’s obesity figures at face value, we now have a higher rate of childhood obesity than the USA. This is almost certainly untrue. But this is what happens when you apply the same relative measure to countries which start from very different places. Using the 95th percentile to define childhood obesity makes it impossible to make meaningful comparisons between different countries. The 98th percentile is the measure used in medical practice, it is the measure used to estimate child obesity rates internationally and it is the measure favoured by the academics who devised the cut-off system in the first place.

Read the full article here.