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Obesity: An Overblown Epidemic? Overview / A Crisis in Question

  • According to conventional wisdom, excess fat is an important cause of chronic disease, and the epidemic increase in obesity portends a coming health crisis.
  • Four recent and forthcoming books by academic researchers argue that in fact the consequences of this trend for public health remain far less certain--and almost certainly less dire--than commonly suggested by obesity experts, government authorities and media reports.
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