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CDC: 59.1 million lacked insurance
November 9th, 2010
04:45 PM ET

CDC: 59.1 million lacked insurance

The number of Americans without health insurance is rising, and it's not just those living in poverty who are affected. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new Vital Signs report, 59.1 million people had no health insurance for at least some part of the 12-month period that ended in March of this year. That's up 400,000 people from 2009.

Of that 59.1 million people, about 50 million aged 18 to 64 years had no health insurance, according to the CDC– the most ever recorded in that age group.

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Obese teens become severely obese adults
November 9th, 2010
04:17 PM ET

Obese teens become severely obese adults

Adolescents who are obese are 16 times more likely to become severely obese adults than normal weight or overweight teens, according to new research in the Journal of the American Medical Association. A severely obese person carries an extra 80 to 100 pounds more than someone of normal weight, putting them at increased risk for multiple health problems and a shorter life expectancy.

Researchers analyzed data of 9,000 adolescents covering a span of 13 years to try to determine how weight as a young person influenced weight as an adult. The subjects, who ranged in age from 12 to 21 when the study begin, were divided into three weight groups: normal, overweight, and obese.

"We found that for the teenage girls who were obese, 51 percent of them became severely obese by their early 30's. For males it was 37 percent," explains study author Penny Gordon-Larsen, Associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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November 9th, 2010
01:11 PM ET

Your questions, comments about Twinkie experiment

Nutrition professor Mark Haub's 10-week diet of mainly snack cakes has generated a food fight.

Haub began his experimental diet as a project for his nutrition class and clearly says folks shouldn't try this at home.  The Kansas State University professor wanted to see whether eating mainly foods low in nutritional value could result in weight loss simply by counting calories.   He says that many Americans live in so-called  “food deserts” and lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables have no choice but to eat a "convenience store" diet – similar to Haub's diet.

CNN.com’s readers weighed in the diet with nearly 1,200 comments.   These comments below have been edited for brevity. FULL POST


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