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April 21, 2005

More fun with statistics from the CDC


As recently as January, the Centers for Disease Control was reporting that as many as 365,000 deaths a year in the U.S. could be attributed to obesity. Now they have recalculated, and according to this AP story, the old count — which was sensationalized by the press and by other assorted nannies — was overstated by, oh, about 336,000.

Even worse, CDC now says that people who are "modestly overweight" actually have fewer weight-related health problems than do people of "normal" weight.

Will this lead the CDC to finally revise the government's unrealistic classification of "normal" weight?

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