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April 20, 2005.
Simon Bar Sinister Elected Pope
So I was sitting there looking at the picture of the new Pope, who I have never seen before. And I start thinking to myself: "Who does this guy look like.?" I thought about it for a while, and it started to come to me a little. He reminded me of some cartoon villian, but who? Its been a long time since I watched Saturday Morning Cartoons, Then it came to me. Underdog. At first I thougth it was Riff Raff, but no, turns out he is Simon Bar Sinister. Take a look at the pics. These guys look like they were seperated at birth. According to what I have been reading about him, maybe he is Simon's evil twin.
All Hail The New Pope Benedict Bar SinisterHeres another look.
According to who? Mc Donalds?
Obesity Danger May Have Been OverstatedBy CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO - Being overweight is nowhere near as big a killer as the government thought, ranking No. 7 instead of No. 2 among the nation's leading preventable causes of death, according to a startling new calculation from the CDC
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that packing on too many pounds accounts for 25,814 deaths a year in the United States. As recently as January, the CDC came up with an estimate 14 times higher: 365,000 deaths.
The new analysis found that obesity being extremely overweight is indisputably lethal. But like several recent smaller studies, it found that people who are modestly overweight actually have a lower risk of death than those of normal weight.
Biostatistician Mary Grace Kovar, a consultant for the University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center in Washington, said "normal" may be set too low for today's population. Also, Americans classified as overweight are eating better, exercising more and managing their blood pressure better than they used to, she said. The study an analysis of mortality rates and body-mass index, or BMI was published in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association. Last year, a CDC study listed the leading causes of preventable death in order as tobacco; poor diet and inactivity, leading to excess weight; alcohol; germs; toxins and pollutants; car crashes; guns; risky sexual behavior; and illicit drugs.
Using the new estimate, excess weight would drop behind car crashes and guns to seventh place a ranking the CDC is unwilling to make official, underscoring the controversy inside the agency over how to calculate the health effects of obesity.
Last year, the CDC issued a study that attributed 400,000 deaths a year to mostly weight-related causes and said excess weight would soon overtake tobacco as the top U.S. killer. After scientists inside and outside the agency questioned the figure, the CDC admitted making a calculation error and lowered its estimate three months ago to 365,000. The new study attributes 111,909 deaths to obesity, but then subtracts the benefits of being modestly overweight, and arrives at the 25,814 figure. CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said because of the uncertainty in calculating the health effects of being overweight, the CDC is not going to use the new figure of 25,814 in its public awareness campaigns. And it is not going to scale back its fight against obesity. "There's absolutely no question that obesity is a major public health concern of this country," she said. Gerberding said the CDC will work to improve methods for calculating the consequences of obesity. CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said the agency will probably start using a range of estimates for obesity-linked deaths. Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said she is not convinced the new estimate is right. "I think it's likely there has been a weakening of the mortality effect due to improved treatments for obesity," she said. "But I think this magnitude is surprising and requires corroboration."
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