September 19th, 2013

Food Marketing To Children: A Commentary On William Dietz’s Health Affairs Article

By Sen. Tom Harkin
Health Affairs

For decades, I have fought to replace our nation’s “sick care” system with a genuine health care system, one focused on wellness, prevention, and public health.  In the Affordable Care Act, I made sure that all proven preventive services would be available with no copays or deductibles, and I included provisions to enhance community prevention programs.

However, much more needs to be done, as evidenced by the shocking rise of America’s twin epidemics of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in young people.  Some attribute this crisis largely to changing nutrition patterns – more calories, more junk food.  Others say the cause is a dramatic decline in physical activity.  Obviously, both are at fault.

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