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Get Fat, Die Young: A Whopper of a [Health-risk] Model

From CommonDreams:

"Just in case we needed any more reasons to assign a special place in Hell to the insurance companies, a new study has found they own almost $2 billion stock in the country's largest fast-food companies - that, on top of $4.5 billion in tobacco company stock. The study by Harvard Medical School found $1.9 billion invested in McDonald's, Burger King, KFC and other grease-laden purveyors of morbid obesity.

'They are essentially killing off their consumer base, so it's not a sustainable model in the long-term." - Dr. Sara Bleich of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.'"


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