Modern Living: In Search of the New You

As waistlines keep expanding, so too do beauty resorts—the places that thin people like to call fat farms. Once the exclusive retreats of aging women seeking youth in a steam box, these all-purpose spas are now catering to a new clientele: the flabby, frazzled American male. Associate Editor Ray Kennedy, 5 ft. 10 in., 185 Ibs., recently took the cure at La Costa, near San Diego, Calif. His report on one of the U.S.'s newest and most lavish spas:

Though the La Costa brochure promises a "new you," a newcomer's first reaction is embarrassment...

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