Medicine: Land of the Fat

America's weight woes grow

The great American concern about weight goes back at least two decades, and over the years millions have plunged into diets and all manner of reducing schemes, from daily jogging to lengthy sojourns at high-priced fat farms. To what effect? Very little, says the National Center for Health Statistics, an offshoot of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. In fact, the center reports, men and women in most age and height groups actually weigh more than they did 15 years ago.

The center based its findings on a comparison between a survey taken...

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