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Opening Arguments

Food fight!

I eat too much or eat the wrong things or both, and the predictable results come about Naturally, it's the government's fault, not mine:

The problem at first was that the problem was ignored: For almost two decades, young people in the United States got fatter and fatter -- ate more, sat more -- and nobody seemed to notice. Not parents or schools, not medical groups or the government.

But since the alarm was finally sounded in the late 1990s, the problem has been the country's reaction: a fragmented, inchoate response that critics say has suffered particularly from inadequate direction and dollars at the federal level.

"The sense of this as a national health priority just doesn't come through," said Jeffrey P. Koplan of Emory University, a former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and chairman of the Institute of Medicine's 2004 study of childhood obesity. The top recommendation of that seminal report was for the government to convene a high-level, interdepartmental task force to guide a coordinated response. No such body has been assembled.

Contrast that with the offensive mounted in European countries: France mandated health warnings on televised food ads. Spanish officials reached agreement with industry leaders on tighter product labeling and marketing as well as reducing fat, salt and sugar in processed foods.

Stop me before I make another bad choice! Come on, folks, let's get back to taking responsibility for our own lives.


Wed, 05/21/2008 - 8:37am

Let's just do whatever works.

Bob G.
Wed, 05/21/2008 - 9:34am

I dunno, Leo...maybe you and I should go split a large meat-lover's pizza with a side of Mozzarella sticks and talk it over....



tim zank
Wed, 05/21/2008 - 11:54am

Here's a novel idea:

Kid sez: Mom, can I have a Big Mac for dinner?

Mom sez: No

Wow, what a concept

Bob G.
Thu, 05/22/2008 - 7:52am

See...now THAT'S why Tim needs to run for President...simple solutions to a "complicated" problem.