- "XL Love" book outlines how obesity is changing the love lives of Americans
- Author Sarah Varney doesn't see it as a fat-shaming or fat-advocacy book
- Body image activist: "There is not a magical BMI number that produces love. End of story"
(CNN)When it comes to what she deems the American "obesity crisis," Sarah Varney says, it's easy enough to focus on the raw numbers: Sixty-nine percent of Americans are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 35.1% of those people are obese. In 2008, medical care costs related to obesity were as high as $147 billion, and an obese person's annual medical bill was $1,429 higher than that of a normal-weight person.