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August 2004


We invite you to speak your mind on these hot topics and global issues plucked from the pages of National Geographic magazine. For more on the subject go to the online feature page, or read the August issue of NGM.

Why Are We So Fat? Forum Thumbnail The Heavy Cost of Fat

All over the world we're getting fatter, and it's harming our health. The culprits contributing to our growing girth? Sugar; sedentary lifestyles; high-fat, processed fast food. Short of potentially dangerous procedures such as gastric bypass surgery, what can be done to reverse this trend? Enter>>

Jersey Shore Forum Thumbnail The Jersey Shore

There's something for just about everyone along the Jersey Shore: Victorian B&Bs and antique shops at Cape May, glistening high-rise casinos at Atlantic City, rock-and-roll walking tours at Asbury Park. All make for great warm-weather fun. What's your favorite summer destination—and why? Enter>>

Land of the Surfing Hippos Forum Thumbnail Gabon's Coastline

As Gabon works to get 13 new national parks up and running, the government faces the challenge of hiring and training local staff, clearing beaches of trash, and protecting the coastline from illegal fishing (among countless other tasks), and all with very limited financial resources. What can cash-strapped developing nations do to launch development projects that would help boost their economies? Enter>>

Global Getaways Forum Thumbnail Global Getaways

Each month our international editors share what they consider to be the five most unique cultural traditions of their countries, anything from raucous festival events to somber religious celebrations to death-defying rites of passage. Now it's your turn. What's your favorite cultural tradition? Enter>>

Hip Zips Forum Thumbnail Hip Zips

Nominate your favorite zip or postal code for coverage in the pages of National Geographic. Our magazine series—ZipUSA—takes a periodic peek at special corners of the country by zip code. We like the concept so much that we're going global and extending our stories to include international postal codes as well. So describe a weird, wacky, wonderful locale of your own choosing—it just might make it into the magazine—and read postings from other folks too. Enter>>

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