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With 33% of adults and 17% of children obese, the U.S. is facing an obesity epidemic. A major risk factor for expensive, chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, it costs our health care system nearly $150 billion a year. Should government intervene, or is this a matter of individual rights and personal responsibility?

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Dr. Pamela Peeke

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Dr. Pamela Peeke
  • WebMD Chief Lifestyle Expert
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Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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According to Peeke, she's not advocating for a nanny state, but there's a lot the government can do, like promoting more research and education.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Every parent must be a role model for their children by walking the talk and creating a healthy living environment for the whole family.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Obesity requires solutions based on the participation of everyone—government, business, non-profit organizations, the medical community, schools, community and religious leaders... everyone, working together cooperatively to identify answers and take action.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute have just published a study that explains why you eat so compulsively around particular foods. You may actually be a junk food junkie!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
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Dr. David Satcher

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Dr. David Satcher
  • Former Surgeon General of the United States
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Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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There is no greater investment that a nation can make than to invest in the health of children and their early development. By so doing, we not only prevent diseases in childhood but also most of the health problems of adulthood, including major disparities in health among different racial and socioeconomic groups.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

This first Surgeon General’s report on physical activity was released on the eve of the Centennial Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, Georgia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under the direction of David Satcher, was the lead federal agency in preparing this report.

Friday, March 1, 1996
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Former Surgeon General David Satcher discusses obesity and promoting healthy lifestyles in his remarks at the STOP Obesity Alliance.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009
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John Stossel

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John Stossel
  • FOX Business News Anchor & Commentator
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"Politicians and reporters often rail about 'the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.' But John Stossel explains it's not true."

Monday, May 6, 2019
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“Beth Akers joins John Stossel to discuss the purported crisis over student loans and new approaches to the financing of higher education. “ 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Monday, March 29, 2010
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Stossel discusses what is really behind the “obesity epidemic” with J. Eric Oliver, author of Fat Politics.

Friday, June 25, 2010
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Obesity is not a public health problem, it’s a private one. And government regulations that seek to “make us healthier” infringe on personal liberty.

Friday, August 5, 2011
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If the government is allowed to dictate our diet, what's next? Do they start deciding who we'll marry, where we'll work?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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Paul Campos

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Paul Campos
  • Author, The Obesity Myth & Law Professor, University of Colorado
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Do we demonise the obese purely on health grounds or is it a gut reaction based on prejudice?

Saturday, July 8, 2006

Heads were shaking across America when the celebrity chef revealed she had type 2 diabetes. Of course her rich Southern cooking was to blame! But Campos says there’s no evidence of that—and we should quit moralizing.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A controversial Georgia ad campaign that aims to reduce obesity in children warns them of all the problems they face by being overweight, but how is telling fat kids they’re fat going to help make them thin?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Campos argues for the concept of body liberation: the idea that a more inclusive idea of what constitutes a healthy and desirable body would do far more good than efforts to make Americans slimmer.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
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Everyone should support reasonable attempts to make it easier for all children to enjoy a healthy balance of foods and the pleasures and benefits of physical activity. Trying to do so by stigmatizing the bodies of one out of every three American kids is a horrible idea.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Paul Campos and Kelly Brownell, Los Angeles Times, September 17-21, 2007




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Paul Campos and Kelly Brownell, Los Angeles Times, September 17-21, 2007




Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Paul Campos and Kelly Brownell, Los Angeles Times, September 17-21, 2007




Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Paul Campos and Kelly Brownell, Los Angeles Times, September 17-21, 2007




Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Paul Campos and Kelly Brownell, Los Angeles Times, September 17-21, 2007




Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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McArdle interviews Paul Campos, author of The Obesity Myth, which argues that the health benefits of losing weight are largely imaginary; that we are using "health" to advance our class bias in favor of thin people, particularly thin women.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

For Government Intervention

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When addressing responsibility for obese and overweight, all variables must be addressed: the individual, government, community and the food industry must lay claim to the impact of unhealthy choices and lack of access in the nation.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Adrienne Mercer

Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and did not decline in any state, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, a report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

Friday, July 1, 2011
Trust for America’s Health and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

This four-part series examines the global obesity pandemic: its drivers, its economic and health burden, the physiology behind weight control and maintenance, and what science tells us about the kind of actions that are needed to change our obesogenic environment. The fourth paper concludes that sustained interventions at several levels, with national governments taking the lead, are necessary to halt and reverse the epidemic.

Friday, August 26, 2011
Lancet

Although personal responsibility plays a crucial part in weight gain, we are being overwhelmed by the effects of today's 'obesogenic' environment, with its abundance of energy dense food, motorized transport, and sedentary lifestyles. This report finds that a substantial degree of intervention is required to affect an impact on the rising trend in obesity.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Foresight Programme

Against The Motion

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Economics professors Marlow and Shiers predict government intervention will make obesity worse as it crowds out market-based solutions.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Michael L. Marlow and Alden F. Shiers

A better approach to our nation's childhood-obesity problem would be to scale back government-provided and subsidized meal programs significantly and to reduce the number of children eating these largely unhealthy meals.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Julie Gunlock

The Center for Consumer Freedom, which promotes personal responsibility and consumer choice, oppose authoritarian proposals to tax, legislate, and litigate away food and beverage choices.

Friday, June 25, 2010
Center for Consumer Freedom

Singling out soda and candy for taxation is a poor method of combating obesity. Proponents of obesity taxation argue that they are helping to internalize externalities, yet what they really do is unfairly burden all who enjoy soda and candy, regardless of what might be otherwise very healthy lifestyle habits.

Monday, October 31, 2011
Scott Drenkard

The vast majority of American middle schools and high schools sell what are known as 'competitive foods, such as soft drinks, candy bars, and chips, to children. The authors found that children's weight gain between fifth and eighth grades was not associated with the introduction or the duration of exposure to competitive food sales in middle school.

Sunday, January 1, 2012
Jennifer Van Hook and Claire E. Altman

"Obesity": Definition and Trends

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Healthy and Obese?

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Countless epidemiological studies have shown that as you move from a normal body weight towards obesity the risk of many chronic diseases increases exponentially. However, more and more research suggests that the relationship between body weight and health is much more nuanced than previously thought.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Peter Janiszewski

Doctors have known for years that obesity doesn't affect all people the same way. An obese person could lead a healthy life while another person with the same body mass index, or BMI, could have severe medical problems.

Saturday, August 6, 2011
Madison Park

A <a href="http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v34/n3/abs/ijo2009258a.html">study</a> examining the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and illness suggests that a BMI of 30 or above, a signal of obesity, according to federal health standards, does not translate into current illness among adults under age 40.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Research News

Researchers conclude that obesity is associated with higher mortality from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and kidney disease, but not cancer, and may even be associated with decreased mortality from non-cancer and non-cardiovascular diseases.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
K. M. Flegal

Federal researchers concluded that being overweight isn't associated with the chances of dying from heart disease or cancer. There's just one small problem with this study: Its conclusions are almost certain to be wrong.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Harvard School of Public Health Journal of the American Medical Association

Advertising

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The Obama administration is asking food makers to sharply limit any advertising to children and teens of foods high in sodium, saturated fat and added sugars, in an effort to curb obesity. Some food advertisers said the guidelines which wouldn't take effect until 2016 are too onerous and called for changes.

Friday, April 29, 2011
Janet Adamy

Find links to the Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children's preliminary proposal for voluntary nutrition standards for foods marketed to kids, as well as FTC testimony.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Lesley Fair

According to the Sensible Food Policy Coalition, 88 of the 100 most commonly consumed foods and beverages in America would fail the Interagency Working Group proposed nutrition standards.

Friday, June 25, 2010
Sensible Food Policy Coalition

The food and advertising industries have launched a multi-pronged campaign to squash government efforts to create voluntary nutritional guidelines for foods marketed to children.

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Lyndsey Layton and Dan Eggen

Fast Food FACTS quantifies the nutritional quality of fast food restaurant menus and documents the full array of marketing practices used to promote these restaurants and their products to children and adolescents.

Friday, December 3, 2010
Jennifer L. Harris

Cost of Obesity

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The medical care costs of obesity in the United States are staggering. In 2008 dollars, these costs totaled about $147 billion.

Monday, March 28, 2011
Department of Health and Human Services

The authors conducted a broad search of the literature that addresses potential economic costs of obesity and found the total annual economic costs associated with obesity to be in excess of $215 billion.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Ross A. Hammond and Ruth Levine

Government Action & Resources

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Search this database for state Legislative and regulation actions related to obesity, nutrition and physical activity topics.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Department of Health and Human Services

Let's Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation. The five pillars of the initiative are creating a healthy start for children; empowering parents and caregivers; providing healthy food in schools; improving access to healthy, affordable foods; and increasing physical activity.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

The decision that Medicare will pay for screening and counseling services to help obese patients lose weight has opened an old debate about who can best help people slim down.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Nanci Hellmich and Kelly Kennedy

Shortly after the kick off the 'Let's Move' program, the administration awarded more funds to fight obesity than tobacco through two big new money sources for preventive health. The funds, totaling $1.15 billion, came from economic stimulus and health care reform legislation. They still provided more than $200 million for tobacco-use prevention.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Duff Wilson

Georgia's 'Strong4Life” Campaign

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Polls

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Most Americans say the government should play a significant role in reducing obesity among children. But there is strong opposition to government involvement in this effort among conservative Republicans and Tea Party supporters.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
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