Obesity is Leading Cause Death--Almost

At least one journalist has concluded that within his or her state, obesity "could overtake tobacco as the leading cause of preventable death."

The reporter concluded that obesity rates in Maine were close to those of the regional average, and that, according to a recent NEJM article, obesity is shortening life expectancy by as much as five years.

From http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/specialrpts/weighing/060521obesitymain.shtml (Portland Press Herald, Sunday, May 21, 2006, Weighing the Options The fight for health by J. Huang).

"People center their lives around the computer and television, and they eat processed food loaded with sugar and fat, often on the go." Is this any surprise?

A related article reports that in Santa Clara schools, "parents aren't fighting over the curriculum, or over bilingual education or even over school closures....They're brawling over cupcakes -- and chocolate bars, and hamburgers and candy." (http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/05/22/MNGO6IVUTT1.DTL -- Big food fight on Bay Area's school menus: Santa Clara's strict proposal highlights a healthy debate, Stacy Finz, SF Chronicle, Monday, May 22, 2006).

Anyone for blended veggies?