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The National Study of Health and Growth$
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Roberto Rona and Susan Chinn

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780192629197

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629197.001.0001

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The public health perspective of the NSHG

The public health perspective of the NSHG

(p.97) 14 The public health perspective of the NSHG
The National Study of Health and Growth

Walter W. Holland

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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

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