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Junk Food: The Pariah That's Replacing Tobacco

Forget cigarettes: The big public health boogyman now is obesity. The idea that our growing waistlines pose a hefty threat to our financial well-being is gaining momentum, and all signs point to this trend having a big impact on public opinion and public policy.

Abbott Pulls Weight Loss Drug Meridia from Market

Drug and medical-device maker Abbott Laboratories announced Friday that it will voluntarily withdraw its controversial obesity drug Meridia, (sibutramine) from the U.S. market at the request of the FDA, due to concerns it increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Don't Forget the 'Health' in Health Care Reform

It's assumed that expanding health coverage is the same thing as improving Americans' health. Not true. If Congress were serious about improving health, then some of the $1 trillion for health reform could go toward fitness programs including rebates for being fit.