"Obesity:  An Overblown Epidemic?".  Scientific American.  W. Wayt Gibbs.  June 2005. 
Excess adiposity kills 300,000 Americans each year.  The steady rise in life expectancy may be coming to an end.  Critics allege that scientists are exaggerating the detrimental effects of obesity and being overweight.  The article weighs surveys and studies to determine if the obesity claims are being exaggerated.  Obesity is a complex problem that needs a comprehensive solution, which the article discusses.