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Derrick Z. Jackson

Obesity, a new kind of smoke

The war on smoking can help guide the nation’s fight against obesity. Trash food can be the cigarette. Obesity can be lung cancer.

This week, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Weight of the Nation conference in Washington, researchers projected that 42 percent of Americans will be obese by 2030. That is more than triple the rates a half-century ago. The health care costs of obesity have, by most accounts, surpassed the medical costs of smoking.

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