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Australia overtakes U.S. as obese nation

June 20, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Australia has overtaken the United States as the most obese nation in the world.A new study by cardiovascular researchers says five million Australian adults are overweight, and it says four million adults are obese -- that's about 26 percent of the population.

Researchers say the excess weight will contribute to 700,000 extra strokes and heart attacks in the future. That could lead to 125,000 deaths and billions in extra health care costs.


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