Bush’s Obesity Whopper

bushburger2.jpg 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.

Obesity rates among America’s children have doubled since the 1970s, and childhood obesity has been shown to increase the risk of asthma, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.