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What works in preventing obesity?

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Journal editors love it when they simultaneously receive two studies addressing the same problem which give contradictory results. When the subject is obesity prevention, for which a myriad of negative studies are submitted, and one shows a possible positive effect, the excitement in the editorial office is even greater.

JAMA published together two American randomised trials of community-based early interventions. The first, from a deprived area of …

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