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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: 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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Cool It With The Cholesterol

In the upcoming revision of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines (revised every 5 years), dietary cholesterol (not to be confused with blood cholesterol) may no longer be on the list of things we should limit. Mary elaborates.

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Positively Fat

Are you familiar with Whitney Thore, and her new show on TLC, “My Big Fat Fabulous Life?” Mary shares her thoughts about Whitney, her show, and other shows that feature fat people. Although the shows differ a lot,  they have some things in common.

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Pay By The Pound

We need to stop the scapegoating of Fat people before it becomes even more entrenched.

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Fat Chance

A recent research study showed that many cancers are most likely random mutations not caused by hereditary or environmental factors. This is pretty strong evidence that fatness is not a major risk factor for many cancers, but naysayers continue to insist that it is. Mary has the details!

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