Not just a phase

Puppy fat is not a normal feature of adolescence, but an indicator of future obesity, says Professor Jane Wardle of Cancer Research UK in a study published in the BMJ. The charity researchers tracked 5,863 London schoolchildren over five years and found those who were overweight when they started secondary school remained that way when they left. 'We have to abandon the idea that so-called puppy fat doesn't matter,' said Professor Wardle (BMJonline).


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