Don't raise the terror level yet; a counterpoint can be found here: "Last year, life expectancy in America reached an all-time high. Death rates among all age groups have been in decline for decades. That's true across all races and both sexes. In fact, the life expectancy gap between black and white is narrowing, even though African-Americans are fattening at a greater clip than white Americans. The two diseases most linked to obesity -- heart disease and cancer -- are in rapid decline.
The article admits that advances in medical technology are responsible for much of this, but also says that if obesity is going to cause this huge public health crisis, and if we are fatter than ever, there should be some sign of it by now, and there's not. Hmm. True?
Another interesting point from the article is that "Black women, for example, don't have the same increases in mortality at higher weights than white women do. Campos believes this is because black women have healthier attitudes about weight -- they don't diet as frequently, and eating disorders are rare."
Also that the original figures about deaths from obesity are inflated. Well, yes.
Then again, this article puts a positive spin on the weight problems of those in lower socioeconomic brackets, which as we know is its own can of worms. "Let them eat Big Macs!" isn't exactly the answer either.