Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Obesity statistics a fat lot of use

I was bemused to discover that, according to figures released by the Department of Health, London had the worst figures by region for child obesity.

The reason for my confusion? These figures (from 2006) showing a galumphing obesity risk in Wansbeck, Corby and suchlike, with the slimmest chances of getting fat for those living in... erm, Westminster, Camden, Islington... Yep, London boroughs had the 10 lowest levels of risk.

I know London has enormous inequalities, even within boroughs, but this is crazy! A bit of consistency in messaging, please?

Just goes to show, 98.56% of statistics you read are made up on the spot and the remaining 1.42% are utterly meaningless.


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