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March 16, 2002
There has to be at best a book about obesity for every ten cookbooks. Whatever explanations have been rendered to discern cause and effect on physical, mental, and social scales must see continuation with this prevalence of obese people. I know firsthand that it can start at childhood or build up during young adulthood, but when a thin person develops a "gut", that is a prelude to an obesity looked upon more like a status symbol than a physical danger. People with that "spare tire" can go flat but those whose six-pack became kegs require something bigger than their appetite.