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Can You Be Overweight and Healthy?

There's little question that the current epidemic of obesity has come with a staggering cost to public health. Current estimates suggest that obesity-related illness accounts for up to $190 billion in healthcare costs and 20% of premature deaths each year in the United States. The number of conditions linked to excess weight is large and growing. They include: Type 2 diabetes High blood pressure (hypertension) Heart disease Stroke Certain types of cancer…

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