Sizing Up America-s Obesity Crisis

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With two-thirds of Americans overweight or obese, -too many [people] are eating themselves to death,- according to Health and Human Services Secretary 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 is 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? In this archived edition of To the Point, journalists, nutrition and weight management professionals and the head of a national restaurant industry association size up America's growing obesity crisis. (Originally broadcast March 16.)
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John Conyers' letter to the GAO requesting investigation into voting machines, technologies

Conyers' follow-up letter on voting machines, technologies

Government Accounting Office (GAO) on national election-related process

American Obesity Association

Centers for Disease Control (DCD) on obesity

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on reducing obesity

Surgeon General's Report on preventing, reducing obesity (2001)

Common Sense Consumption Act of 2003 (SB 1428)

The Yes Men and the World Trade Organization

Jonathon Swift



Warren Olney