http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8299555.stm Not a particularly interesting read for the most part, apart from seemingly indicating that little fatties who attend this "scheme" don't like the idea of surgery because they'd rather put the effort in (which I'm calling WAH on). The bit that stood out for me, however, was this line: The researchers may not have realised it, but right here is the crux of the obesity problem boiled down to cold, hard facts. If only 42% of our supersize generation are getting any form of necessary abuse at school, what kind of drive are they going to have to slim down? It's a shocking state of affairs, and I feel it's worthy of another study. Go back twenty years and interview people who were fat kids in the late 80s. I hypothesise that significantly more kids got bullied for weight issues back then (a time when obesity wasn't such an issue), and if findings support this theory then we have proof that bullying is a necessary part in keeping to a healthy weight. It should be institutionalised across the state sector, for the good of the children!