The U.S. just set a new life expectancy record last year–by a good four months.
MORE: In response to a couple commenters, note that I’m not implying that obesity is healthy, or even that it isn’t unhealthy (though surveys show a net protective effect of being 10-15 pounds overweight). But obesity hysterics have been saying that our bulging waistlines portend a coming public health catastrophe, with absurd statements like our kids are so fat they may not outlive their parents. That just isn’t happening. Yes, advances in medical technology are a huge reason why we’re living longer. But we’ve also been getting fatter for 25 years. If our pudginess is as lethal as the public health crowds claims it to be, we should at least be seeing the front end of that catstrophe by now. Instead, we’re living longer, and deaths from allegedly obesity-related conditions like cancer and heart disease are actually in decline.