Medicine: Fat & Unhappy

Never before had the fat men & women of the U.S. received so much attention from doctors as they got last week at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association in Chicago. And none of it was flattering. Far from regarding the fatties as happy people, pleasant to have around, the doctors branded them as public-health problem No. 1 and cracked down hard on them. Said Philadelphia's Dr. Edward L. Bortz: "We're going to have to take off the kid gloves in dealing with people who are wallowing in their own grease."

One reason for the lively attention given to obesity...

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