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Book and Media Reviews
September 28, 2011

Economic Aspects of Obesity

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Independent public health consultant, South Pasadena, California (karuneshtuli@hotmail.com).

JAMA. 2011;306(12):1382-1383. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1369

“Follow the blue on the maps,” advised the nutritionist as he showed slides summarizing obesity trends among adults in the United States, blue indicating states in which more than 14% of adults were obese. The map for 1990 had no color; by 1997, two-thirds of the states were blue. Handing out slices of pizza to us—a group of economists preparing for careers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on a November evening in 2001—he predicted that the map would be all blue before long. The numbers for 2002 proved him right.