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The New York Times reports on a new study out of Emory University saying that “if current trends continue 103 million American adults will be considered obese by 2018. That would be 43 percent of adults, compared to 31 percent in 2008.”

There are real economic implications here. The Times
The study also indicates that by 2018, “Colorado would be the only state where less than 30 percent of adults would be obese. In six states — Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Dakota — more than 50 percent of adults would be obese.”

The study was conducted for the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention.
KC's View:
There is a certain irony that on one day there are stories about hunger in America, and the next day we have stories about increased obesity levels.

Of course, the stories are not mutually exclusive. We live in a world where these two conditions can exist side by side, a world the complexity of which is such that we actually have to deal with hunger and obesity at the same time.