Harry Potter strikes again. Doctors in Oxford found out that the number of childhood injuries were lower on the days that new Harry Potter books were released. They point out that reading could have a terrible side effect...bookwormism and obesity. Hmmm...could my years of reading be the cause of my extra pounds? I knew that I wasn't to blame. Books are the culprits.
The authors of the study suggested that encouraging more book reading might be a useful way to combat childhood accidents.
"It may.. be hypothesised that there is a place for a committee of safety conscious, talented writers who could produce high quality books for the purpose of injury prevention," they wrote in the British Medical Journal.
However they acknowledged there could be a downside to a strategy that seeks to turn active children into bookworms.
Potential problems could include "an unpredictable increase in childhood obesity, rickets and loss of cardiovascular fitness".