Fighting Obesity And the Food Lobby-- Washington Post

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Fighting Obesity And the Food Lobby Kelly D. Brownell and David S. Ludwig The Washington Post, June 9, 2002 Obesity in children has tripled in the past 20 years. A staggering 50 percent of adolescents in some minority populations are overweight. There is an epidemic of type 2 (formerly "adult onset") diabetes in children. Heart attacks may become a disease of young adults. In response to this public health crisis, federal and state officials are seeking ways to protect children from the ravages of poor diet and physical inactivity. National legislation on the prevention and treatment of obesity is being considered. California and Texas are working to remove snack foods from schools. There are proposals for the regulation of food advertising to children. One big question facing those who deal with the problem is whether to fight the food industry or work with it. The industry, of course, favors the work-together approach. Currently, food industry lobbying groups are invited to Agriculture Department meetings, participate in professional nutrition conferences, and have testified before Congress on obesity legislation. A large and powerful lobby is at work. But before taking the cooperative approach in these matters some disturbing parallels with
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