But tackling childhood obesity cannot and should not be solved by yet another overreach of the federal government. The IAWG’s proposed guidelines ignore the root of the problem by failing to address some of the other major factors that contribute to being overweight, such as a decline in physical activity.
Rather than infringing on free speech and increasing costs for business, perhaps the government should call the food police back to the precinct and work with businesses, schools, communities and parents to create common-sense ways to combat childhood obesity. We say free Tony the Tiger and Ronald McDonald and empower Americans to make good decisions for themselves and for their families.
Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), a physician, serves on the Homeland Security, Natural Resources and Science, Space and Technology committees.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.