Rich people are nearly as likely as poor people to be obese, according to new research at the University of Iowa. USA Today reports that three decades ago, the chance of having a ballooning waistline inversely correlated to having a ballooning paycheck. But that’s changed now. 30 percent of all Americans are obsese—defined as being 30 pounds or more above a healthy weight—and there’s little difference between Americans of different income levels.
In possibly related news, USA Today also reported that a pub in Pennsylvania now sells a $30 burger that tips the scales with 10.5 pounds of beef, 25 slices of cheese, and a cup-and-a-half of mayo, among other condiments.
And in further possibly related news, the New York Times reports that excessive doughnut consumption is bad for your health. It also wags a mildly reproving finger at the USDA’s new and oddly ambiguous food pyramid. Bothsubjects dear to this blog’s heart.