CNN: Almost 50% of Americans will be Obese in 2030! The Political Side.

Why Is America Fat?9-18-2012 CNN’s Newsroom reports on a new study that indicates that by 2030, every state in the nation will have at least a 44% obesity rate and that the adult obesity rate could go over 60% in 13 states.  Mississippi, having the highest obesity rate in 2011 of 35%,  is projected to have the worst increase, jumping to 67% in 2030.  Colorado with the lowest of 21% in 2011 will jump to 44% in 2030. How do these numbers effect government and the political arena?

Increase obesity rates will mean millions of new cases of diabetes, heart disease and strokes.  CNN’s Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen says that obesity is extremely expensive in terms of health care and it is preventable,  a fact not lost on those we elect to look after our best interests. We saw how NYC Mayor Bloomberg was able to get a ban on Super Sized sugary drinks which was politically controversial.  

On a national stage President Obama in 2010 passed a law that mandated that schools do a better job providing nutritious lunches with less fat and less sodium. (Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010)

And First Lady Michelle Obama has the Let’s Move campaign.

In this election year, what are Mitt Romney’s plans to address the national obesity issue?

Elizabeth Cohen said they reached out to his campaign and asked what he would do to fight the epidemic and they have not replied to CNN’s e-mails.

But Cohen did remember that in 2007,  Romney said something interesting. He said he was all for healthier school lunches and believes that this is the right thing to do but he says, “I think our states should do that.  I don’t want the federal government to be mandating what’s done in schools.”

Resource:  Town Hall Campaign Event 2007

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