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As U.S. President Donald Trump's administration throws sharp elbows in trade negotiations and systematically rescinds regulations introduced by President Barack Obama, one casualty is likely to be efforts to fight the global obesity epidemic.One of the paradoxes of modern global capitalism is that whereas more than 800 million people in the world do not have enough to eat, an estimated 700 million people – including 100 million children – are obese. Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimated that a stunning 40 percent of all Americans are obese (defined as having a body mass index of 30 or higher), a figure that includes 20.6 percent of adolescents (12 to 19 years old).According to the CDC, the average weight of an American woman today is greater than the average weight of an American man in 1960 (166 pounds, or 75 kilos).Back in 1960, the average weight of an American woman was 140 pounds, while the average weight of an American man today is 195 pounds. Over the same period, the average height of Americans increased by only one inch, or 2.5 centimeters. The health costs are staggering, estimated to be close to $200 billion per year in the U.S. alone.
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