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Thin on the ground

You might think there would be fat chance of a "rowie" at the home economists' annual conference, and you would be right.

The high fat, high salt but tasty morning snack that is popular in the north-east was nowhere in sight as Alex Johnstone of the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen addressed some 300 home economics teachers in Dundee.

Bananas and apples replaced the rowie as morning fare.

Fatness from poor diet and lack of exercise is nothing new, Johnstone revealed. In 500 BC, Hippocrates was pronouncing on obesity. People wanting to lose weight "should never eat of a day and take no baths and sleep on a hard bed and walk naked as long as possible", he advised.

Stuff your Atkins, then?

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