Slimming Down: Food and Beverage Companies Cut 1.5 Trillion Calories, Accelerating Obesity Rate Decline

May 31, 2013 10:44 AM

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Three years ago, when a group of the country’s biggest food and beverage companies got together to discuss what they could do to curb the country’s collective appetite, the concern over America’s burgeoning waistline was soaring, with no apparent peak in obesity rates in sight.

A front-page headline in 2010 in the Washington Post delivered grim news: “Obesity epidemic rages on, CDC says.” The report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was a belt buster. The number of states in which at least one-third of the adults were obese had tripled in two years...

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