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FYI: U.S. teens are more likely to be overweight than those in 14 other industrialized countries, according to a new Department of Health and Human Services study. Federal researchers culled survey information on more than 29,000 teens in 13 European countries and Israel to compare it to the U.S. Nearly 14 percent of 15-year-old boys in the U.S. and 15 percent of girls were overweight, the highest rate for both genders. Greek boys (10.8 percent) and Portuguese girls (6.7 percent) were the second most likely to be overweight. The HHS researchers pointed out that most obese adolescents remain so into adulthood, leading to expensive and disabling conditions like heart disease and diabetes. [1/7/04]

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