October 15, 2009

Being fat is no joke

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The Los Angeles Times’ beautiful story about the imprisonment of comic Billi Gordon by his own 700-lb body illustrates how obesity, a U.S. health epidemic, can take over someone’s life.

The American Medical Association has found that obesity is the top preventable cause of death in this country.  They write:

U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, MD called it the greatest threat to public health today. It kills more Americans every year than AIDS, all cancers and all accidents combined. And it’s causing problems in children that were unthinkable 20 years ago.

— Kristen Millares Young

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