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US: Junk Food Nation: Who’s to Blame for Childhood Obesity?

An opinion piece on the conflict between what Americans eat and the way their government promotes (or doesn’t promote) healthy food.

Argues that the new food initiatives by “Big Food”- Kraft, McDonalds, Coca-Cola are a front. Behind the scenes nothing has changed. Food companies are still pushing the Bush administration to defend their interests.

Goes on to the June Federal Trade Commission’s hearing on marketing to children. The FTC had already said that it would do nothing to stop this marketing.

Reviews the role of top government officials in denying that there is an obesity crisis or that food such as sugar plays any part. And it includes the role of business in funding politicians.

Big Food tries to blame lack of exercise as the culprit in rising levels of obesity and is promoting PE programmes.  And they use the “there are no good or bad foods” argument, ignoring the zero  nutritional value of some junk food.

Source: The Nation, 11 Aug 2005

Published on August 11, 2005 in International news