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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Bill Clinton to Help with Childhood Obesity Battle

President Bill Clinton, someone who knows and understands well the joys of fast food seems to be the perfect person to tackle the fast food industry and help with the fight against childhood obesity.  The Times of London has an interesting article on the new role for the former president.  The articles states the both Clinton and former Arkansas  Governor Mike Huckabee will be working together: 

Setting aside party differences, they have mounted a ten-year campaign to get the fast-food industry to serve smaller and healthier portions and to improve school dinners.

The campaign, backed by the American Heart Association, coincides with a new “12-stop” diet book by Mr Huckabee called Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork.

As the pair kicked off the campaign at a school in Harlem, New York, Mr Clinton said: “The truth is that children born today could become part of the first generation in American history to live shorter lives than their parents because so many are eating too much of the wrong things and not exercising enough.”

It should be interesting to see how the fast food companies respond.  Thanks to the new blog The Huffington Post for the update. [bm]

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