September 19th, 2013
Food Marketing To Children: A Commentary On William Dietz’s Health Affairs Article
By Sen. Tom Harkin
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.