Fat and Healthy?

Laracy, Alex
February 2005
Convenience Store News;2/7/2005, Vol. 41 Issue 2, p8
Trade Publication
The article focuses on a New York Times newspaper report, which suggests that several public heath experts who believe that many Americans are trading smoking for the lesser evil of eating too much. From 1980 to 2000, the average weight of Americans rose by nearly 20 pounds. A big reason Americans are fatter but healthier may be the steep decline in cigarette smoking. The connection between smoking and obesity is not yet proven, but the statistical correlations are there. From 1980 to 2000, smoking rates fell by 27 percent in the nation as a whole and by 38 percent among middle-aged Americans.


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