Friday, October 31, 2008
FCC Commissioner Deborah Tate issued this statement concerning Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)'s hearing on childhood obesity.
I applaud Senator Alexander, Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, and ranking member on the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families, for holding a hearing regarding the national epidemic of childhood obesity in Nashville, Tennessee. This follows on the heels of another national forum held by the FCC and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, specifically focused on the science behind childhood obesity, as well as the roles of the media and advertising. As a member of the Joint Task Force on Media & Childhood Obesity, I appreciate the work of Congress, as well as many state and local government leaders, seeking to find new ways to promote healthy foods and active lifestyles. I continue to challenge and encourage media, advertising, and food and beverage companies, to work toward self-regulatory solutions to this very real health threat. I believe we must continue to focus national attention on this pressing public health issue which reportedly costs our already overburdened healthcare system approximately $14 billion annually. Ten million American children are depending on us -- government leaders, parents, teachers, industry representatives, and advocates -- to work together to solve this epidemic.