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The public health perspective of the NSHG

Walter W. Holland

in The National Study of Health and Growth

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780192629197
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723612 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629197.003.0014
The public health perspective of the NSHG

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This chapter sets the origin of the study in an historical context, and the main findings of the study are summarized. The fulfilment of the first objective of the study is described: that the withdrawal of free school milk for children over seven years had no detrimental effect. Early reports of the increase in obesity in the population had no influence on government policy in the 1980s and 1990s, but other results from the study, notably in relation to air pollution, asthma, and ethnic minority children, had more impact. The reasons for failure to influence government policy are discussed. The study demonstrated the feasibility of running a large health surveillance study in schools.

Keywords: air pollution; asthma; ethnic minorities; health surveillance; height; obesity; over-nutrition; policy; welfare

Chapter.  2462 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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