America's Moral Panic Over Obesity

Fri, 31 July 2009 - 7:29 a.m. MT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted the inaugural Weight of the Nation conference in Washington, DC this week.  According to a paper presented at the conference and published in Health Affairs, the medical cost of obesity is $147 billion annually.

But Paul Campos, author of The Obesity Myth, disputes the alleged health, financial and social costs of a bigger America, and says the real problem may be too much hoopla.  He talks with Megan McArdle of The Atlantic.

 http://meganmcardle.theatlantic.com/archives/2009/07/americas_moral_panic_over_obes.php



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