Here is a story about the obesity rate from the NY Times: Obesity Rates Stall, But No Decline by TARA PARKER-POPE. Here is an excerpt:
"After two decades of steady increases, obesity rates in adults and children in the United States have remained largely unchanged during the past 12 years, a finding that suggests national efforts at promoting healthful eating and exercise are having little effect on the overweight.
Over all, 35.7 percent of the adult population and 16.9 percent of children qualify as obese, according to data gathered by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published online Tuesday by The Journal of the American Medical Association. While it is good news that the ranks of the obese in America are not growing, the data also point to the intractable nature of weight gain and signal that the country will be dealing with the health consequences of obesity for years to come."
Here are some other posts on obesity:
A Few Extra Pounds Might Bring Extra Years
Should Overweight People Pay More For Health Insurance?
Are Your Friends Making You Fat?
Should We Pay People To Adopt A Healthy Lifestyle?
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