The Fat of the Land

They're talking about flab again. It's that time of year. In January the papers are always full of exercise-equipment ads and articles on how much more our health-care system costs because of widespread obesity. The morning television shows like to kick off the new year with a series on some miracle diet that forbids fruits and vegetables but allows whale blubber in any amount. My old Army friend Charlie says he always spends the first half of January staring at his credit-card bill and his stomach, wondering whether he really has to do anything about either one of them in order...

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