April 27th, 2010
02:24 PM ET

Dr. Phil: Obesity health consequences

Program Note: Don't miss Dr. Sanjay Gupta's conversation with Dr. Phil tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Dr. Phil.com

Obesity health consequences are severe. The incidence of people who have these problems among the obese population are six to 10 times what they are among the non-obese population.

Obesity is a known risk factor for:

– High blood pressure

– High blood cholesterol

–  Type 2 diabetes

–  Coronary heart disease

–  Congestive heart failure

–  Gout

–  Menstrual irregularities

–  Bladder control problems

–  Depression

Learn more about Dr. Phil's mission to help people overcome obesity here...

Filed under: 360° Radar • Health Care
April 27th, 2010
01:26 PM ET

Mayor: No thongs allowed


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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

If you plan on going to Kure Beach, in North Carolina, bring your sunscreen and shades, but please leave your thong behind.

The seaside community has adopted a zero tolerance policy on anyone wearing the 'barely-there bikini' by the shore.

“You can do what you want to in your own space,” said Mayor Dean Lambeth, “but for public decency keep it off the public beach.”

Mayor Lambeth told CNN he and the town supervisors last week unanimously approved the ordinance banning the skimpy bathing wear.

“Everything we do is family oriented. We like the small town atmosphere,” Lambeth said.

The decision to forbid thongs was triggered by a couple’s recent inquiry about spending their honeymoon in Kure Beach, Lambeth said. According to the mayor, the couple wanted to know if they could wear thongs. The man thought the town’s policy on the matter was ambiguous,” Lambeth said. After consulting with the police chief, he determined the ordinance should be amended to better address the issue.

Section 12-32 of the Code of the Town of Kure Beach, which was adopted on April 22, now reads as follows:


Filed under: 360° Radar • Crime & Punishment • Gabe Ramirez
April 27th, 2010
11:47 AM ET

Report: The future costs of obesity

Program Note: Don't miss our coverage of the high cost of obesity tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

The United Health Foundation
The American Public Health Association
Partnership for Prevention

In a unique study that departed from looking at historical costs of obesity, Kenneth E. Thorpe, Ph.D., and colleagues from Emory University developed an econometric model to estimate the growth of health care costs over time that are attributable to changes in obesity rates. This report provides projections of future health care costs directly attributable to obesity for each state and for the nation.

Using nationally representative data on adults, the study estimates the effect of the increasing prevalence of obesity on total direct health care costs. Estimates are controlled for age, gender, race, ethnicity, marital status, education, income, health insurance status, geographic region and smoking status.

Major Findings:
Obesity is growing faster than any previous public health issue our nation has faced. If current trends continue, 103 million American adults will be considered obese by 2018.

The U.S. is expected to spend $344 billion on health care costs attributable to obesity in 2018 if rates continue to increase at their current levels. Obesity‐related direct expenditures are expected to account for more than 21 percent of the nation’s direct health care spending in 2018.

If obesity levels were held at their current rates, the U.S. could save an estimated $820 per adult in health care costs by 2018 ‐ a savings of almost $200 billion dollars.

At the state level, Oklahoma stands to benefit the most if obesity levels remain steady. This would provide a potential savings of $1,200 per adult or a savings of more than $3.2 billion for the state.

Oklahoma is expected to have the highest obesity rate in the country by 2018; Colorado is estimated to have the lowest obesity rate.

Read the full report here...

Filed under: 360° Radar • Health Care
April 27th, 2010
11:31 AM ET

Documents: Goldman Sachs' testimony

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Top representatives from Goldman Sachs maintained Tuesday that the company did not engage in any questionable business deals leading up to the financial crisis.

Don't miss our analysis of the hearing tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

And if you didn't have time to watch the hearing, you can read the testimonies here:

Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO,  Goldman Sachs

Fabrice Tourre, Goldman Sachs International, London

Michael Swenson, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Mortgage Department

Josh Birnbaum, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Structured Products Group

David A. Viniar, Chief Financial Officer, Goldman Sachs

Filed under: 360° Radar • Finance • Wall St.
April 27th, 2010
11:17 AM ET

Who is 'Fabulous Fab'?

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Ben Rooney

The e-mail messages Fabrice Tourre sent to a girlfriend in late 2007 make it clear that the glib and sometimes arrogant 28-year-old trader was fully aware that the financial "monstruosities" he helped create at Goldman Sachs were entirely bunk.

But the highly personal messages, written in confidence and released over the weekend by Goldman, also suggest that Tourre had some misgivings about the toxic trades he engineered over two years ago, which are now the subject of fraud charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In an e-mail dated Jan. 23, 2007, Tourre described himself as "the only potential survivor" of a collapsing market for complex deals based on mortgage-backed securities. As the only Goldman employee named in the SEC's complaint, Tourre appears to have been wrong on that point.

Keep Reading...

Filed under: 360° Radar • Economy • Finance
April 27th, 2010
11:15 AM ET
April 27th, 2010
10:36 AM ET

Interactive: Obesity rates and cost, by state

Program Note: Don't miss our coverage of the high cost of obesity tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Centers for Disease Control

Overweight and obesity and their associated health problems have a significant economic impact on the U.S. health care system. Medical costs associated with overweight and obesity may involve direct and indirect costs. Direct medical costs may include preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services related to obesity. Indirect costs relate to morbidity and mortality costs. Morbidity costs are defined as the value of income lost from decreased productivity, restricted activity, absenteeism, and bed days. Mortality costs are the value of future income lost by premature death.

Click on the interactive above to find obesity rates for each state and corresponding economic costs.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Health Care
April 27th, 2010
10:26 AM ET

American-born cleric appears in al Qaeda video

CNN Wire Staff

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An American-born Muslim cleric has appeared in a video released by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Anwar al-Awlaki, an al Qaeda recruiter and supporter based in Yemen, is on the United States' list of al Qaeda leaders targeted for capture or assassination. He has appeared in other videos but has never before been featured in an official video by AQAP, al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Terrorism
April 27th, 2010
10:06 AM ET

Alleged militia members due in court to challenge detention

CNN Wire Staff

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Nine alleged members of an anti-government militia are due in federal court Tuesday to challenge being held without bond pending their trial on a variety of charges.

The charges range from conspiring to overthrow the government to attempted use of weapons of mass destruction.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Crime
April 27th, 2010
09:55 AM ET

Morning Buzz: The high cost of obesity

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Eliza Browning

Tonight we continue our series on the high cost of health care in America. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is anchoring this week and tonight he reports on the high cost of obesity. Two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese, according to government health figures. Carrying around extra pounds has been linked to problems such as certain kinds of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. So how much is America’s rising obesity rate costing us? A recent government report says America is set to spend $344 billion dollars on obesity-related health care costs by 2018. What does this say about our society?

All eyes are on Capitol Hill today where top representatives from Wall Street’s most powerful firm, Goldman Sachs, are scheduled to appear before a Congressional committee. They are expected to endure a harsh line of questioning from lawmakers about the role they played in the financial crisis.

The Senate panel hearing their testimony alleges that Goldman used a strategy that allowed it to profit from the housing meltdown and reap billions at the expense of clients. What type of argument will Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of the firm, and other executives make? How damaging are newly released emails about Goldman's strategy likely to be for the firm? Do you have questions about Goldman's role? Who else is to blame? Let us know, we’re keeping them honest tonight.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats don’t have the votes to bring up financial regulatory reform for debate, at least not yet. Republicans blocked the measure’s advance yesterday, demanding more time to negotiate a compromise. We’ll have the latest developments on a potential new policy for regulating Wall Street tonight.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Eliza Browning • The Buzz
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