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Friday Quiz #1- Pet Obesity   (December 30, 2005)

Q. How many pets in the U.S. are obese?

A. According to a report published last month by the National Academies of Sciences's National Research Council, 25 percent of pets in the U.S. are now obese. (source: Scientific American)

Q. What percentage of children in the U.S. are overweight or obese?

A. Thirty-seven percent of children in the U.S. are overweight or obese. In Europe, 20 percent of children are overweight or obese; in China, 10 percent are.

Q. How much does the average American pay each year for prescription drugs?

In 2001, pharmaceutical sales per capita in the U.S. totaled $654. In Spain, spending is $190 and the average life expectancy, at 79, is two years longer than it is in the U.S.

Pre-New Year's Resolution link: On the benefits of exercise.

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