Item: "Obese kids — even as early as age 6 — can start showing changes to their heart muscles that could lead to problems later."

Item: "Healthier school lunches, required for the first time this year, are getting some push back from students and teachers across the USA who say they are still hungry after eating the noon meal."

Item: "many young people are too heavy to serve in the military, ultimately putting national security at risk," according to a new report, "Still Too Fat to Fight."

Item: "The number of total knee replacement surgeries has soared 161.5% among Medicare participants over the past 20 years." "Obesity takes a toll on joints and can contribute to arthritis, a leading reason for knee replacement surgery."

Then, of course, death.

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