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Opening Panel Round

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Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Does This Collar Make Me Look Fat?

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Tom, some bad health news, this week, we learned the obesity rate has passed 50 percent, going upwards among what population?

TOM BODETT: Fifty percent of Americans.

SAGAL: Yeah.

BODETT: A subset of Americans.

SAGAL: Sort of a subset of Americans.

BODETT: Sort of a subset of Americans.

SAGAL: Yes, they're here in America with us.

BODETT: Dogs.

SAGAL: Yes, dogs.

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BODETT: Really? Wow, good guess.

SAGAL: More than half of the dogs in the United States are morbidly but adorably obese.

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SAGAL: Some signs your dog is fat: when it's time to fetch, it prefers to play "no, you get it instead."

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BODETT: And that was one of the Super Bowl commercials this year was about a fat dog.

SAGAL: Yeah, about a fat dog.

BODETT: Yeah.

SAGAL: It was adorable. You should have seen it Paula, you would have enjoyed it.

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ROXANNE ROBERTS: It was.

BODETT: It was really great.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: You know, my dogs are not fat, but I have a cat that is so fat that at one point I had one of those...

BODETT: How fat is he?

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POUNDSTONE: It's a gray kind of a cat and I had an exercise ball, not that I use it, but there it was in my living room. And the cat happened to be sitting just beside it, trying to bathe itself. And I swear, it looked like a matched set.

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SAGAL: Right.

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