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Why Coloradans need to get fatter

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A new survey finds that Colorado has the lowest percentage of overweight adults in these United States, and the tenth lowest percentage of obese children. But is that a good thing? Not according to student Shane Neely, who in late 2007 presented a speech in a Boulder classroom entitled, "Why Obesity Is Good for Society," and posted the results viewable above on YouTube. His politically incorrect arguments: Fat people live like kings, are comfortable, jolly and good for the economy, because of all the diet-related items and/or Oreos they buy. No wonder he lamented the dearth of such folks in the health-conscious community. "It'll probably be months before you see a fat person in Boulder," he says. "But next time you see one, just say, 'Thank you.'"

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