Thicker Middles, Skulls to Match

September 19, 2014 9:27 PM

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Of course, even that apparent good news was somewhat tainted all along by the accompanying fine print. What we actually thought we knew was that the numbers of us categorized as "overweight" or "obese" had stabilized, while the degree of overweight and obesity had not. The rate of severe obesity, in both adults and children, was known to have been rising steeply all along.

This is of profound importance for a number of reasons. First, at some level, obesity rates had to plateau. Maximally, that level would be 100 percent of the population. But it stands to reason that some measurable minority of us would be natively resistant to obesity. So an inevitable plateau, once...

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