Obesity Danger May Have Been Overstated (AP, by Carla K. Johnson). Excerpt:
Being overweight is nowhere near as big a killer as the government thought, ranking No. 7 instead of No. 2 among the nation's leading preventable causes of death, according to a startling new calculation from the CDC.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated Tuesday that packing on too many pounds accounts for 25,814 deaths a year in the United States.
It would fall behind car crashes and guns on the list of killers.
I'm very surprised (pleasantly so) that they admitted it. Of course, "the CDC is not going to use the brand-new figure of 25,814 in its public awareness campaigns and is not going to scale back its fight against obesity." (Because, I believe, that would take money away from the diet industry, who are used to having it.) But it's something.