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America wakes up to obesity

UP TO 29 million Americans awoke yesterday to a rude surprise. Having thought of themselves as comfortably average in size and weight, they suddenly found they were about to be re-designated as "obese". This startling turn in their fortunes resulted from a government proposal to define obesity downwards, writes Mary Dejevsky in Washington.
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