Will Obesity Soon Plateau?

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Average calorie consumption declining, data show.

In a front-page story, the New York Times (7/26, A1, Sanger-Katz, Subscription Publication) reported that calorie consumption is beginning to “decline” for average adults and down by “at least 9 percent” for the average child. In turn, obesity rates “have stopped rising for adults and school-aged children” as well, though the trend “does not appear to extend to the very heaviest Americans.” The article notes that households with children have witnessed the “most substantial” changes, but that “recent calorie reductions,” while a positive step, “will not be enough to reverse the obesity epidemic” overall.

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