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European Journal

Britain: Slimming down with samba

Many British are sedentary and over half are overweight. The government now wants to introduce dance courses to help fight the flab.

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Tanz-Veranstaltung Big Dance

Event "Big Dance" in London

Many people in Britain avoid exercise and show little interest in a healthy diet. As a result, overweight and obesity statistics are on the rise. The minister of health is now launching a 10-year plan to combat the trend - by asking his fellow-Britons to take to the dance floor. The scheme appears to have been inspired by the popular TV show "Strictly come dancing," in which celebrities practice the foxtrot, tango and waltz with professionals.