President Bush has recently highlighted the fight against obesity as a focus of his administration’s agenda. From a Feb. 1 meeting at the White House:
Childhood obesity is a costly problem for the country. We believe it is necessary to come up with a coherent strategy to help folks all throughout our country cope with the issue.
But as the New York Times notes, Bush is all talk on the fight against obesity:
To fight childhood obesity, Mr. Bush asks Congress to set aside $17 million for a new program to promote ‘healthy behavior’ among adolescents. But at the same time, he asks Congress to eliminate the preventive health services block grant, which provides $99 million a year to help states prevent obesity and other chronic conditions.