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Obesity costs US at least $215 billion every year: study

Obesity costs the US economy at least 215 billion dollars a year in direct and indirect impacts including medical expenses and lost productivity, a new study showed Tuesday. The report by Brookings Institution researchers found that medical costs for obese adults amounts to 147 billion dollars more than for those…

Ag Secretary: Billions more needed to address child hunger, obesity

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday urged Congress to plow billions more dollars into programs to end the twin scourges of child obesity and hunger, which impact children, the economy and national security. With some 17 million children living in households that have to sometimes skip meals to make…

US scientists may have discovered key to defeating obesity

Shutting down an energy-controlling mechanism in mice left them leaner than normal mice and could be a new way to fight obesity in humans, US researchers said in a study published Tuesday. And the finding is big news in the United States, where around a third of the adult population…

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