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Heavy burden: Obesity may be even deadlier than thought

August 16, 2013
by Maggie Fox
NBC News

Obesity kills far more Americans than we think it does, according to a controversial new study that suggests obesity accounts of about 18 percent of all deaths in the United States - three times previous estimates.

The research, published in the American Journal of Public Health, suggests the latest government estimates soft-pedal the dangers of obesity. And the controversy over the findings show how difficult it is to calculate the costs of being overweight.

With a third of Americans overweight and another 35 percent obese, it’s not a trivial question.

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