On Tuesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to weigh in on a nation he feels has been super-sized:
"If Lady Liberty were given a 21st century makeover, she'd be holding a box of doughnuts instead of a torch, and wearing an enormous moo-moo," the host surmised. "Let's face it. America is bursting at the seams with a fat epidemic that if the experts are right, will only get worse."
On the heels of a brand new study predicting an obesity rate of 42 percent by 2030, Morgan calculated that 150 million Americans will be at risk for diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. But it's not merely the calories that need counting:
"It's also the sheer cost that is piling up. Nearly 200 billion dollars in health care goes to the fight against fat. The factors are as clear as the grease on a plate of fries – fast food, processed food, supersized portions, all that sugar, all that butter."
And as the country continues to tip its scale, advice flows like chocolate on a fondue fountain. In response to quick fix supplements, and medical miracles, Morgan calls upon a friend from across the pond:
"He used to say he had discovered a pill guaranteed to make you lose weight," Morgan explained. "Take the pill, he'd say...take it to the park and throw it down a hill and run after it. Repeat twenty times three times a day...the obesity epidemic will be over."
Tongue in cheek is seemingly healthier than tongue in a bowl of ice cream.
To trim the fat, the host serves up four low-calorie words: "Eat less, exercise more."
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