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Julia Roberts' $20m mouth

By Stella Tillyard   June 2000

Americans are fat, and getting fatter. Millions live inside jellified mounds of excess flesh. They have thighs so huge they can only walk crabwise, midriffs so vast that they cannot sit comfortably on an ordinary chair, hearts and lungs so overtaxed that they cannot breathe or climb stairs, much less lift shopping bags or children. Arriving in Chicago-the nation’s sixth fattest city-after ten years in Europe, I thought at first it was the shock of re-entry that made the fat seem especially fat. Then I wondered if it wasn’t something about the midwest. Surrounded by thousands of square miles of…

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