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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 02:23 PM

How Washington went soft on childhood obesity

Source: Reuters

Special Report: How Washington went soft on childhood obesity

By Duff Wilson and Janet Roberts

Washington, D.C. | Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:03am EDT

(Reuters) - In the political arena, one side is winning the war on child obesity.

The side with the fattest wallets.

After aggressive lobbying, Congress declared pizza a vegetable to protect it from a nutritional overhaul of the school lunch program this year. The White House kept silent last year as Congress killed a plan by four federal agencies to reduce sugar, salt and fat in food marketed to children.

And during the past two years, each of the 24 states and five cities that considered "soda taxes" to discourage consumption of sugary drinks has seen the efforts dropped or defeated.

At every level of government, the food and beverage industries won fight after fight during the last decade. They have never lost a significant political battle in the United States despite mounting scientific evidence of the role of unhealthy food and children's marketing in obesity.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/27/us-usa-foodlobby-idUSBRE83Q0ED20120427

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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 03:09 PM

1. Outstanding Post...well worth reading...K and R...

Shows that money talks..
...........concerns about children and obesity do not talk loud enough...more children need to be so fat that it unhealthy..
Maybe then something will be done, but I doubt it..

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