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Key Health Issue is Personal, Not Political

The United States may lead the world in military and economic power, as well as cultural influence, but we’re also “Number One” in another category: no nation on earth possesses so many citizens who qualify as obese.

According to new figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an alarming 38 percent of all Americans above age 15 meet medical standards of obesity​–​not merely overweight, or carrying a few extra pounds, but heavy enough to face serious health consequences.

The U.S. stands at nearly twice the OECD average in obesity rates, and some ten times the rate of world leader, Japan. Not surprisingly, obesity rates closely correlate with poverty: poor and uneducated people are twice as likely to be obese, and obese people are far more likely to stay poor.

There’s no quick governmental fix for this crisis, which highlights the need for individual initiative and accountability to begin tackling private problems with a big public impact.

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    Michael Medved
  • Michael Medved specializes in talking about pop culture and politics on a daily basis. Michael’s columns on politics and media appear regularly in the Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast and USA Today, where he is a member of the Board of Contributors.

Michael Medved specializes in talking about pop culture and politics on a daily basis. Michael’s columns on politics and media appear regularly in the Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast and USA Today, where he is a member of the Board of Contributors.

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