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Noah Smith

We're Getting Fatter, Sicker and Going Broke

Obesity is a national epidemic in the U.S. and it poses a risks not just to our personal health but to the country's national well-being.
Sir, please, back away from the cupcake.

Sir, please, back away from the cupcake.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

What is the greatest crisis the U.S. faces? Illegal immigration? Nope. Deficits? Probably not. ISIS? Putin? Hardly.

I submit to you that it’s our epidemic of fat.