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Our Dear First Lady Taking On Obesity and the followers (DC News)


The fight for obesity has been a long one for many adults in society, but it seems America’s first lady Michelle Obama is taking on the fight for the youth.

While the report of childhood obesity was given by the White House Task Force Obama said, “We’re setting really clear goals and benchmarks and measurable outcomes that will help tackle this challenge one step, one family and one child at a time.” This is a part of the First Lady’s campaign “Let’s Move“.

This event occurred a few days before D.C. Council proposed additional taxes be added to soda beverages (soft drinks, pop, or cold drinks). It was proposed in hopes that it would decrease the childhood obesity rates. In just a few days it seems Michelle Obama has started a trend within politics and society.

A campaign to put an end to the proposal has begun with The Beverage Industries and organizations as The Campaign for Healthy Kids, Earth Day Network and the Capital Area Food Bank. Campaign for Healthy Kids released a poll on Wednesday showing broad support for the tax increase. If the taxes were to increase on soda beverages it would be $0.01 cent for every ounce of soda purchased. Now there is no tax charged to soda because it is considered a grocery item. But if the proposal is not approved council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) has proposed going through with charging $0.01 for soda beverages. For all the diet soda lovers; they do not have to worry because diet beverages are exempt.

I understand that D.C. Council has begun to take initiatives toward this growing problem within America’s society, but hold on Cheh. The last time I checked we were still in a recession and when did politicians reserve the right to tell all citizens that this drink that you have beloved since first created will be taxed extra. Do you not think the citizens of the District of Columbia should be receiving some kind of break? First it was $0.05 for bags, than an additional $0.10 for the metro. Now I guess the government is saying break their pockets and this will pour back into the economy.

The campaign Let’s Move hopes to decrease the 20% obesity rate to five percent by 2030.

If you would like to read more about these two important topics concerning health click on the two links provided in the underlined text that will open a new window for you to view the two separate articles by the Washington Post health section. Thank you for visiting my blog and please leave comments. I can handle criticism of all kinds!

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May 15, 2010 - Posted by | Health, Politics

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