An assessment by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found the obesity rate among Americans to be leveling off or even slowing down. But experts warn against premature celebration, as the country's overweight/obesity level still sits at an unhealthy 68 percent of adults.
Waistlines in Mexico City's police force are expanding, with at least 70 percent of its membership classified as overweight. In response, a new diet program is being implemented for officers that suggests they "balance" poor diets with vegetables and other healthy alternatives.
New research indicates that nearly 10 percent of all U.S. medical spending goes toward treating obesity and diseases more common in the overweight, such as diabetes and heart disease. Many health economists believe it is one of the leading causes of rising health care spending. About one-third of adult Americans are obese.
The newspaper thought it was striking a blow for racial tolerance by bemoaning the phenomenon of "sassy, overweight'' black actresses in TV commercials. Instead, it just betrayed its own biases about people of color.