According to a report in 1999 entitled 'Reducing children's television viewing to prevent obesity', children who give up watching television for a week reduce their waist measurements by an average 2.3cm.
According to another recent study, the ten most overweight cities in the UK are: Glasgow, Sunderland, Durham, Belfast, Leeds, Bradford, Wolverhampton, Hull, Sheffield and Liverpool in that order.
The people of the United States are overweight by a total of about 3.9 billion pounds.
On 6 August 1996, a 'pot-bellies seminar' was held in India to which 110 fat policemen were ordered to attend.
A police chief commented, 'Photographs in the press of pot-bellied policemen have given the police a bad name.'
On 5 November 1997 in Wellington, New Zealand, William Dickie, 43, was sentenced to 12 months' house arrest because he was too big for prison clothing or a prison bed.
Mr Dickie's weight was given as 305kg.