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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Wealth and Waistlines from Newsweek by Jennifer Barrett

Is a fatter population an inevitable consequence of an advanced economy? Health economist Eric Finkelstein, co-author of the new book "The Fattening of America" (John Wiley), thinks so. Thanks to economic advances, he argues, we spend more time on our butts—at the computer, in front of the TV, in the car—than our parents and grandparents did, and we spend less time in the kitchen making healthful meals or outdoors burning calories. And everywhere we go we're tempted by a growing array of cheap, high-calorie, fat- and sugar-laden treats. The result: nearly two-thirds of American adults now qualify as overweight or obese. Can the same economic forces eventually help reverse the trend? Or should the government intervene? NEWSWEEK's Jennifer Barrett spoke with Finkelstein.

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