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XL Love: a journalist looks at obesity and romance

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Here in America, close to 70 percent of people are overweight. In her new book XL Love: How the Obesity Crisis is Complicating America’s Love Life, local journalist Sarah Varney looks beyond the numbers to explore how issues of weight can do everything from end marriages to over-sexualize girls as young as nine years old. Varney sat down with KALW's Hana Baba to talk about the the threat obesity poses to not just our health, but to our happiness.

SARAH VARNEY: Teenage girls odds for romantic relationships, regardless of race, decreased about six to seven percent for every one point increase in BMI. So what it tells you is there’s this relationship right, so as weight increases chances of romantic relationships decrease.

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Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.