CSPI urges industry and government to implement IOM anti-obesity measures

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The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has urged the food industry, government and schools to implement measures recommended in a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to help curb rising obesity rates.

The IOM issued a report last week​ in which it recommended a society-wide approach to tackle obesity, including reducing portion sizes, restricting food marketing to children, and cutting sugary drink intake, among a swathe of other measures.

"The IOM report provides an excellent blueprint for solving America’s costly obesity problem. But policy makers will have to invest both money and political capital to convert the advice into reality,"​ said Michael Jacobson, CSPI executive director. 

The CSPI favors levying a tax on sugary drinks to help cut consumption while funding other anti-obesity public health programs – a proposal that has been repeatedly attacked by the beverage industry as unfairly targeting one product.

"Congress should fund a multi-billion-dollar, multi-year anti-obesity program that includes national and local community and social-marketing campaigns,”​ Jacobson said. “That program could be funded with a significant tax on sugary beverages. The SNAP (food stamp) program should be improved by testing the effectiveness of excluding purchases of sugary beverages and providing a bonus for fruits and vegetables.”

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Posted by Donnie,

If corn is fed to cattle to fatten them up for market, what is corn doing to the people who eat it. Our food supply is loaded with corn-derived additives. Most of which are not properly labeled, and often not labeled at all. People don't realize just how much corn is in their diet. Those of us who are allergic to corn, find that even we can't avoid all the hidden corn in the US food supply. I grew up at a time when corn was not dumped into almost all food products, and most people were of normal weight, or thin. Few people were very overweight. But then corn became King, and a cheap filler for food companies to use. Then people started growing heavier, just like corn fed cattle. Add in the increase in soy in the food supply, which can inhibit the thyroid and lead to weight gain, and you have the perfect storm for an obese society.

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