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Economics of Fat

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Joe Nocera, executive editor of Fortune magazine, about a recent court case against McDonald's, in which the plaintiff sued the fast food franchise for causing his obesity. The case was thrown out of court, but Nocera says this may not be the last lawsuit against a fast food restaurant, particularly if plaintiffs focus not on the addictive qualities of fast food, but on misleading advertising of the companies that sell it.

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Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.
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