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This blog will explore what it's like having a fat Mid Section in Middle America, comparing and contrasting the Mid Western fat experience with that of the rest of the country and exploring the perception and treatment of fat people in the United States at large.

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Cost of Living: Big Bottom Line

Do fat employees really cost employers more? This week, Mary analyzes a study that supposedly supports that claim, but even the study authors admit that the study has shortcomings. Also mentioned by the researchers: fat people are usually paid less.

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Cost of Living: What Really Costs?

How are the cost concerns of insurers affecting our health care? And why should obesity carry any more blame for healthcare costs than age?

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Cost of Living: Dollars and Sense

How does the estimated cost of obesity compare to the estimated (or actual) cost of various diseases and lifestyle habits? Mary has the answers in this week’s blog.

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Cost of Living: Sugar Coated Shame

Where does diabetes rank as a cause of death? Do all fat people get diabetes? These are some questions Mary addresses as she continues her examination of the facts about the “burden” of obesity on society.

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Cost of Living: The Heart Of The Matter

How does body weight impact the incidence of cardiovascular disease, and death from cardiovascular disease? Mary continues her examination of facts versus assumptions.

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Cost of Living: Malignant Messages

How does obesity impact the incidence of cancer, and the death rate from cancer? Mary examines the facts and assumptions.

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Cost of Living

Do fat people place an undue burden on the nation’s health care system? Mary is on a mission to give us some specific, exact evidence and examples to put this myth to rest once and for all.

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Weight Loss

What’s happening to Weight Watchers’ profits and why? Mary has the scoop.

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Relent

Mary has a great idea about what to give up for Lent.

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The Genes In My Jeans

A study published last week in Nature revealed that there are 97 genetic markers that are “BMI-associated.” It sounds like a “victory” for HAES(r), but the lead researcher unfortunately doesn’t interpret it that way.

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