A full plate of obesity news

The fat of the land has turned us into the land of the fat: It’s small surprise to learn that obese Americans spend more on their health care than others (New York Times), but it’s truly disturbing to find that the rates of severe childhood obesity have tripled (Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center). Meanwhile, Marion Nestle points on Food Politics to the latest CDC estimate on the economic cost of obesity, an estimate questioned by American Council on Science and Health, which has been called an industry front group (SourceWatch.org). Meanwhile, we appear to be exporting our obesity-causing diet to Central America, says a BioMed Central press release at EurekAlert.

One Responseto “A full plate of obesity news”

  1. Liz W says:

    Can I ask you why you consider this still to be a concern, in the light of the latest research which shows (confirming two previous studies) that “overweight” people have better longevity than “normal”  people and “obese” people have equivalent or slightly better longevity? You can find the study at http://www.nature.com/oby/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/oby2009191a.html and commentary on it at http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2009/06/even-obesity-paradoxes-cant-excuse.html. I get really cheesed off by the fat-negativity in the food movement and am seriously considering taking bloggers who do not take account of this research off my reading list.