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An Epidemic of

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Copyright © 2005 by The Center for Consumer Freedom
The Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit coalition
supported by restaurants, food companies, and consumers,
working together to promote personal responsibility and
protect consumer choices.

www.ConsumerFreedom.com
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced
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Published by The Center for Consumer Freedom, Washington, D.C. Printed in the United States of America
ISBN 0-9774380-0-7

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An Epidemic of Obesity Myths
The Myths
Introduction ................................................................................. 1 65 Percent of Americans Are Overweight or Obese ................. 4 “Overweight” and “obese” celebrities and sports stars................. 5 Who was behind the redefinition of “overweight”? ..................... 9 Experts criticize the body mass index (BMI) ............................... 12 BMI report cards ....................................................................... 13 Consequences of using the BMI ................................................. 15 Obesity Kills 400,000 Americans Annually................................ 19 CDC study dramatically lowers death estimate ........................... 20 Timeline of the debunked 400,000-deaths study ........................ 20 The CDC’s excuses ................................................................... 34 Why the 26,000-deaths study is scientifically superior................. 37 Who was behind the 400,000-deaths statistic? ............................ 51 Harvard’s straw man .................................................................. 54 Experts questioning the obesity-mortality link............................ 60 Obesity Will Shorten Life Expectancy ......................................... 67 Improving medical technology ................................................... 70 From science to activism ............................................................ 72 You Can’t Be Overweight and Healthy ........................................ 77 Fitness vs. fatness ....................................................................... 77 The cost of physical inactivity .................................................... 82 Overeating Is the Primary Cause of Obesity............................... 85 A nation of couch potatoes ........................................................ 85 The state of physical activity ....................................................... 92 Other causes of obesity .............................................................. 94 Smoking cessation and weight gain ............................................ 96 Does food marketing cause obesity? ............................................ 96

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Will nutrition information on restaurant menus help? ................. 97 Fast food and obesity ................................................................. 100 Are healthy foods too expensive? ................................................ 101 Soda Causes Childhood Obesity .................................................. 103 Obesity Costs Americans $117 Billion Annually ........................ 109 Obesity Has Made Diabetes Epidemic ........................................ 113 Syndrome X.............................................................................. 121 Childhood type-2 diabetes...
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