Does America’s war on obesity have some unnecessary rhetorical fat around the mid-section?  Absolutely, according to Radley Balko of the CATO Institute who recently attended a national obesity summit and found the debate lacking some factual nutrients.  Indeed, while anti-fat advocates were comparing obesity to the threat of global terrorism, cancer rates, which are often linked to excess weight, have actually declined since 1990, and coronary heart disease, an even closer link, is down 25 percent.  This isn’t to say that trim and fit isn’t healthier, but since studies show that real health risks are generally confined to the seriously obese, maybe this anti-fat fad could use less high-calorie hype.

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