Bigger isn't better, especially post-career

Updated: January 31, 2006, 12:49 PM ET
By Lee Bowman | Scripps Howard News Service

It's part of the American persona to be big, larger than life -- robust in that Paul Bunyan, Davy Crockett, John Henry sort of way. Heroic dimensions fit a heroic country.

But over the past few decades, Americans have been living ever larger in ways that may not be so good for us. Measured by the scale of body-mass index, the weight-to-height ratio that's the foundation of most obesity studies, 65 percent of Americans are considered overweight or obese.

Estimates of ...

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