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With two-thirds of Americans overweight or obese, -too many [people] are eating themselves to death.- That-s from the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson, who-s promoting more exercise and healthier diets. Although obesity may soon overtake smoking as the nation-s leading cause of preventable death, there-s bitter controversy over who-s to blame and what to do. The Bush White House supports a ban on lawsuits against fast food outlets for making consumers fat. Is it a question of personal responsibility or is the fast-food industry promoting a dangerous addiction? Should government intervene or get out of the way? Warren Olney speaks with journalists, nutrition and weight management professionals, and the head of a national restaurant industry association.
  • Reporter's Notebook: ABC News- Poll Measures Iraqi Public Opinion
    For the first time since the war and the occupation, the Iraqi people have been surveyed about their feelings, beliefs and opinions. Iraqis were trained as interviewers to conduct a poll supervised by Oxford Research International for a number of organizations, including the BBC and ABC News. ABC News Polling Director Gary Langer says Iraqi's opinions about their lives displayed a "striking level of optimism."
This program is an abbreviated rebroadcast of one heard earlier today on To the Point.

American Obesity Association

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on obesity

Health and Human Services (HHS) plan to combat obesity

Surgeon General's report on preventing, reducing obesity

Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act (HR 339)

Commonsense Consumption Act of 2003 (S 1428)

ABC News poll on Iraqi's view of war, government, future

Oxford Research International's survey on Iraq

Producers:
Frances Anderton

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