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Regulation: Claim making and claim taking

In a world with a chronic ‘globesity’ problem spreading beyond western shores to places like India and China, products that promise to help individuals manage their weight via calorie control, fat burning, satiety, or some other mechanism, enjoy rampant demand.

The Big Fat Lies about Britain's obesity epidemic

Muffin tops: But eating less and exercising more may have no impact on people putting on weight We are all getting fatter. We know this because the Government tells us all the time, in every report, health warning and advertising campaign it issues.

Obesity Will Cost U.S. $344 Billion a Year in Health Care Costs

An analysis of projected health care costs has revealed that by the year 2018, obesity-related medical expenses will top $344 billion. Current estimates suggest that in just ten years 43 percent of Americans will be obese if obesity continues to rise at the current rate.

Puffs versus pounds

February 24, 2009

Pop quiz for teenagers: Are you more likely to die from smoking more than 10 cigarettes a day or from being obese?

That’s a trick question. According to a new study from the British Medical Journal, it’s a tie.

Swedish researchers studied the health records of 45,920 men who were drafted by the Swedish Army in 1969 and 1970 at an average age of 18 years and 8 months. The Army collected information on their height and weight, along with their smoking habits.