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Experts: U.S. Not Only Obesity Contributor

By J.M. HIRSCH, Associated Press Writer

It's all America's fault, right? In the global give and take, it seems only fair that the blame for bloating the world go to the nation that gave it rivers of Coke, mountains of Big Macs and an endless fitness-quashing entertainment feed from Hollywood. But not so fast.

America may have led the world down a path lined with fast food and soft drinks that has left 1.7 billion people battling the bulge, but experts say there's plenty of blame to go around.


McDonald's Launches Anti-Obesity Campaign

By Lisa Richwine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp. unveiled a health campaign on Thursday starring an adult "Happy Meal" with salad, bottled water and a pedometer, but some critics weren't buying the fast-food giant's healthy message.

The company said it will launch the "Go Active" meals for adults on May 6 nationwide. The meals will be boxed with a brochure urging customers to walk more.


Obesity to Erode Life Insurance Profits - Study

Tue Apr 6, 2004

ZURICH (Reuters) - Bulging waistlines are set to weigh on life insurers' profits, a Swiss Re study showed on Tuesday, as obesity gains on smoking as the leading cause of preventable death, particularly in the United States.

Fatty foods and a lack of physical exercise mean the number of overweight people in developed countries has risen three-fold over the last 30 years, raising the risk of an early death and swelling the cost of tackling diseases related to obesit


The Lobby's For Smoking And Eating

March 17, 2004

(CBS) Obesity is quickly catching up to smoking as the Number One cause of preventable death in the United States. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that rich diets and sedentary lifestyles contributed to 400,000 deaths in the year 2000 — just 35,000 behind tobacco. The Centers for Disease Control believes that by next year obesity will probably kill more Americans than smoking. This was probably the best news for tobacco companies since the invention of lying.


Poll Says Hospitals Burdened by Obese Patients

Thu December 18, 2003

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. hospitals are buying expensive new equipment such as reinforced toilets and oversized beds to treat the growing number of severely obese patients, according to a survey released on Thursday.

Novation, a group-purchasing organization for hospitals and other health-care institutions, found that hospitals are seeing more severely obese patients, people who are overweight by at least 100 pounds.


Britain seeks tougher ad rules to combat obesity

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Culture Minister Tessa Jowell said that she wants the nation's advertising code for children to be beefed up to help prevent a troubling rise in obesity.

In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, Jowell said she was looking to Ofcom, the new British broadcasting watchdog, which comes into being in January, to revise the code.

"I hope that it will be tightened up ... and I hope it will reflect the willingness of the food manufacturing to promote healthy eating," said Jowell, a close associate of Prime Minister Tony Blair.


Judge Throws Out Obesity Suit Against McDonald's

Thu Sep 4, 2003

By Gail Appleson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday threw out a revised lawsuit against McDonald's Corp. that accused the world's biggest fast-food company of using misleading advertising to lure children into eating unhealthy foods that make them fat.

The ruling marks the second time U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet dismissed the case brought on behalf of two youngsters who blamed their obesity, diabetes and other health problems on Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets.


Obesity May Increase Mountain Sickness Risk

Mon Aug 18,  2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obese people appear to be at increased risk for developing acute mountain sickness (AMS), according to a report published in the August 19th issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Although the reason for this association is unclear, it may partly relate to greater night-time declines in oxygen saturation levels in obese individuals.


Growth Hormone May Help Obesity

(HealthDay is the new name for HealthScoutNews.)

FRIDAY, June 27 (HealthDayNews) -- Growth hormone, which is now used to help children develop, could have a future for adults trying to lose weight.

Doctors at Saint Louis University gave small doses of growth hormone to 39 people who were about 40 percent overweight. The volunteer participants lost an average of slightly more than 5 pounds.

The precise reason for the weight loss, however, remains unclear.