Administration Actions Fall Flat on Obesity

Statement of CSPI nutrition policy director Margo G. Wootan

March 9, 2004

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study on the leading causes of death shows that for those who donít smoke, poor diet combined with physical inactivity is the leading cause of death. The Bush Administrationís response is more talk and no real help for the millions of Americans who would like to eat better and watch their weight.

The Bush Administration should instead get junk food out of schools, ask Congress to require calorie labeling in fast-food and other chain restaurants, strengthen CDCís nutrition and physical activity division, and fully fund the CDCís VERB campaign, which promotes physical activity to youth.

The Administration expresses appropriate concern about obesity, but its actions often fall flat. These innocuous half-steps make for good press releases but bad public health policy.


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