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The battle of the bulge

(article, Culinate staff)

First came the news that diet-soda consumption had been linked to obesity, encouraging drinkers to pack on the belly fat and perhaps, like eating pesticide-laced meat, causing diabetes. 

Then came word that the industrial-food lobby was pushing back against the Obama Administration's efforts to limit food marketing aimed at kids — even though the suggested restrictions on sugary, fatty junk food are purely voluntary.

And finally, the Associated Press published a report on the nation's obesity rankings by state. Colorado is the skinniest; Mississippi the fattest. Most shocking, though, was the fact that even skinny isn't really skinny anymore; as the annual report noted, "Colorado, with 19.8 percent of adults considered obese according to 2010 data, would have been the nation's fattest state in 1995."