Worth the Weight
February 17, 2007
by By Arthur C. Brooks
Wall Street Journal
America is fighting a pitched battle with obesity, and obesity appears to be winning. According to the Trust for America's Health
, the percentage of Americans who are overweight rose by 19 percentage points from 1976 to 2004, to 66% from 47% of adults. About half of these adults are technically "obese." This is a significant public-health problem, because excessive body weight has been linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, respiratory problems and so forth.
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