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Recession Shrank the Economy but Waist Size Ballooned, CDC Research Reveals

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merican women, on average, can pinch an extra inch and a half of flesh around their middles, and men just under an extra inch, proof that many continue to lose in the Battle of the Bulge. The average waist size increased from 37.6 inches to 38.8 inches according to a survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documenting Americans between 1999 and 2012. "While the recession may have shrunk the economy, Americans’ waist size continued to balloon during this period," says Jessica Bartfield, MD, Loyola University Center for Bariatric Surgery & Metabolic Health.

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Survey: Fortune 500 Employees Can Expect to Pay More for Health Insurance

The results of a HR@Moore survey of chief HR officers at Fortune 500 companies provides the first factual data on how firms have been impacted by PPACA and how they are responding to the rising costs they report.

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Independence Means Instability, Say Top Economists

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Wealthy Citizens Have More Clout in State Government, but Stricter Lobbying Rules Can Help Close the Gap

State legislators are more attentive to wealthy citizens’ political opinions when making policy decisions, but stricter regulations on professional lobbyists can help curb the trend and promote more equal political representation, Baylor study finds.

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What Were They Thinking? Swarthmore Study Examines Federal Reserve Prior to 2008 Financial Crisis

A new study from a team of Swarthmore professors illustrates how the Federal Reserve was aware of potential problems in the financial markets prior to 2008, but did not take the threats seriously.

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Euro Creates Unified Pricing Across Countries, Study Finds

New research finds that for many goods, the most important factor in pricing is whether the countries use different currencies.

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Obama’s Limited Strategy On ISIS/ISIL Dependent On Countries In Region, Success Could Lead to Greater Oil Production

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Texas Tech Experts Commissioned for Report on Economic Impact of Permian Basin Oil and Gas Industry

The region’s petroleum business generates billions of dollars, thousands of jobs.

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Economic Study Confirms Autism Growth

Autism cases aren't up just because mental health professionals are overdiagnosing the disorder. A study by two researchers using market theory shows the disorder really is more prevalent.

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Sluggish Growth Expected for North Carolina Economy in 2015

Economic growth in North Carolina is expected to grow at a sluggish pace in 2015 with no significant growth expected for the remainder of 2014, UNC Charlotte economist John Connaughton reported today in his quarterly forecast for the state.

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