In the past few years, Americans have been force-fed a huge helping of myths about our so-called “obesity epidemic.” The CDC insisted that obesity kills 400,000 people a year and is even worse than the Black Death. Now the CDC is rumbling, bumbling, stumbling toward an explanation for a new study that says the real death toll of obesity is actually about 25,000 — 15 times lower than its original estimate.

That’s bad news for the food cops and trial lawyers. But for those of us who enjoy a full menu of food choices and don’t like being hectored about what to eat, things are looking up.