Medicine: 34 Million Fatties

Across the U.S. last week, more people than ever were bulging with excess fat—and ready to admit it. Forty-five percent of the women said so in a Gallup poll, 25% of the men. (Not that men are really slimmer, say doctors; they are just slower to face the fat facts.) By their own say-so, the overweight add up to a whopping 34 million—or a good many more than the 25 million figure which has sometimes been accepted as a rough estimate by life insurance companies.

Moreover, partly from vanity ("How will I look in a...

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