Medicine: Facts About Fat

Although most doctors concede that excess fat is a factor in many illnesses, they disagree about its causes, relative danger, and effective control among 34 million overweight Americans. At Iowa State College last week, top U.S. obesity experts gathered to exchange the latest news about fat. Among the reports: ¶ Being overweight isn't so much of a health problem as most people think, said Dr. Ancel Keys, of the University of Minnesota. Insurance company statistics linking excessively high heart-disease fatalities to overweight do not mean that every chubby person must reduce, since fat...

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