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Can Government Control Obesity?

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The agriculture industry has made food so cheap and so plentiful that one third of Americans are obese and another third overweight.  Twenty six million people have Type 2 Diabetes, with 79 million more on the way. With a major push from First Lady Michelle Obama, the federal school lunch program has been revised to limit the intake of calories, require whole grains and double the serving of fruits and vegetables. New York's Mayor Bloomberg has banned extra-large soft drinks. With predictions that half the country will be obese by 2030, it's all about controlling a spreading pandemic. But there's also a backlash. Students and teachers in Kansas went on YouTube singing, “We are Hungry." A Republican Congressman has introduced the No Hungry Kids Act. Is it necessary for government to police the diets of America's children?  Will it work?  Is the Nanny State just going too far?

Credits

Guests:
Monica Eng - Chicago Tribune - @monicaeng, Tracy Fox - Food, Nutrition and Policy Consultants - @TracyFoxRD, Jay Bhattacharya - Stanford University, Marion Nestle - New York University - @marionnestle, Baylen Linnekin - Keep Food Legal - @keepfoodlegal

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Evan George, Caitlin Shamberg, Christian Bordal