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There is news today of a study exploring the costs of obesity on the U.S. health care system. Published (online!) in _Health Affairs_, the "study":http://www.healthaffairs.org/WebExclusives/Finkelstein_Web_Excl_051403.htm (also available in "PDF":http://www.healthaffairs.org/WebExclusives/2204Finkelstein.pdf) argues that, because obesity accounts for a large amount of total health care spending, it is in the interests of the U.S. to make efforts to reduce obesity -- which has increased by 70% over the past ten years. More on this later, after a thorough read.