Oct 10, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's newsletter — edited by Justin Green — is 439 words, a 2-minute read.

Situational awareness: There are now 1,299 confirmed and probable cases of lung injury in 49 states and 26 deaths associated with e-cigarette use, the CDC says.

Breaking: Three House committees have subpoenaed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to turn over documents related to President Trump's alleged efforts to push Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. Go deeper.

1 big thing: Obesity conquers the (rich) world
Empty fast-food containers. Photo: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

More than half of the people in the world's richest countries are now overweight, with dramatic societal consequences on the way, warns a new report.

  • Nearly 25% are also obese, Axios' Marisa Fernandez reports, citing an OECD report.
  • The OECD is made up of most countries in North America and western Europe — along with Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Israel and Chile.

Why it matters: "Overweight and morbid obesity have gone from a rare event to a common occurrence," the report says.

  • Obesity "not only reduces life expectancy but also damages pupils' school performances, workforce productivity, and negatively impacts GDP."

The big picture: Treating obesity-linked diseases in these countries costs $423 billion a year.

  • Those diseases could claim more than 90 million lives over the next 30 years — with life expectancies reduced by nearly 3 years.
  • Overweight people are responsible for 70% of all treatment costs for diabetes, 23% of treatment costs for cardiovascular diseases and 9% for cancers.

The bottom line: "The OECD proposals highlight the growing need for action. They include better food labeling, better regulation of ads for unhealthy food to children, and more promotion of physical exercise," Bloomberg notes.

Bonus: Pic du jour

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Visitors look toward lower Manhattan inside the newly renovated 102nd-floor observatory of the Empire State Building.

  • The observatory is 1,250 feet above street level and features 360° views of New York City.
2. What you missed
  1. Two foreign-born Trump donors who helped connect Rudy Giuliani with Ukrainian officials were arrested last night on campaign finance charges. Go deeper.
  2. John Bolton has decided to write a book about his time in the Trump administration, Axios' Jonathan Swan scoops. Go deeper.
  3. New York Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey, the House Appropriations Committee chair, will not seek re-election in 2020. Go deeper.
  4. Former White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said it's "absolutely not" appropriate for the president to solicit foreign election interference, but that it's up to Congress to decide whether he did so with Ukraine. Video.
3. 1 🚤 thing

Photo: Ron Lisnet/University of Maine via AP

The world's largest 3D printer has created the world's largest 3D-printed boat, and it's seaworthy, the AP reports.

  • The University of Maine unveiled the 25-foot, 5,000-pound boat that was printed at its Advanced Structures and Composite Center.
  • The boat is named 3Dirigo, a play on Maine's motto, "Dirigo," which is Latin for "I lead."

Why it matters: It's one example of how the massive printer can create larger prototypes to assist companies in product development.

Mike Allen