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L.A. obesity summit will feature Schwarzenegger, Clinton

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former President Clinton are scheduled to attend a summit on health, nutrition and obesity in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The governor, a former bodybuilder who has long advocated healthy living and exercise, will join with health professionals, educators and others to discuss ways California can combat obesity and promote physical fitness.

In a statement, the governor cited several efforts he has supported to combat obesity in California, including requirements that some vending machines include healthy foods, that larger restaurant chains have nutritional information on menus and that some junk foods be removed from school campuses.

“We have made significant strides in promoting healthy eating and active living since my first Summit in 2005, but there remains action that can be done to promote a healthier California for all,” Schwarzenegger said. “I am thrilled to join with President Clinton and The California Endowment to continue building upon our work for a healthier future for our children and all Californians.”

-- Shelby Grad

 
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Clinton???? Great choice, he definitely the picture of health...NOT.

Who picks these people...Just a cool boondoggle for Clinton...

The Gov should drag the Fat Cat, tax raising, Liberal Assembly to this summit. The overspending State Assembly could use the advise about a healthy income diet. All puns intented.

Obesity:
Cities pass ordinances that kids can't skate or skateboard on the sidewalk, and in the apartment I was in they had a sign, no bicycles, no skates, no skateboards, etc, etc, seems to me that kids can't get any exercise unless they are in a building or some type of park that the parents have to take them to, Maybe we should allow kids to be able to skate, etc, like I did when I was a child.

When I was a kid there wasn't an obesity problem. Of 450 kids in my h.s. graduating class only 2 were obese. Of course we would rather die than let our mommies drive us everywhere.

I cry foul!

It is unfair to have skinny people attend a summit on obesity.

They do not suffer from it and have no clue to the complexities of why each individual is unable to maintain what society says is the right weight for everyone.

Only if you have first hand knowledge of a situation, will you have all the facts to make the right decision.

It like saying that someone who has not been in a war, seen the sites during and after combat, knows war.

Pick the right people to do the job!

This is ridiculous. Why are our Government officials becoming involved in American's body issues? As Americans we are FREE to eat and become obese if we so choose. We don't need our Gov't officials telling us that we're too fat, and that we are "bad" for it.

I'm so sick and tired of our Gov't meddling in every aspect of American's lives. People know that if they eat too much, they are going to become fat. We don't need these political do - gooders who can't even keep our country from falling into the biggest recession in US history telling us how to live!

Enough is enough! Leave us alone already, and do your jobs that we elected you to do!

"It is unfair to have skinny people attend a summit on obesity. [...] It like [sic] saying that someone who has not been in a war, seen the sites during and after combat, knows war." --Robert Therrien

By your own justification, obese people are the *worst* people to contribute to a summit on combating obesity and promoting fitness: obese people are neither fit nor have they successfully combated obesity ... except for the skinny ones that *used* to be obese.

uhhhmmmm... can we be truthful about this, without hurting anyone's feelings? I doubt it. Truth is, obesity is the #1 cost driver for health care. Truth is, obesity afflicts more than 30% of our population, and is the primary obstacle for lower income, or poverty level children. Truth is, that if we're progressive and believe in taxes and paying our fair share for healthcare, we would progressively tax overweight people, the more overweight the higher the tax, to discourage obesity, and to pay the added social cost. We would also progressively tax all processed foods sugar, sodium, and fat contents, to discourage their use, like we do cigarettes. Truth is, we should impose a fat tax, on body fat, that is progressively higher for higher weight, first to discourage it, second to be fair to society to pay for the additional cost. That fat would be measured every year, by a physician, during a yearly check up, and the results sent to the IRS for the assessment of the tax. And truthfully, if we were honest, we would require all overweight people to purchase an additional seat on an airplane. The suffering inflicted on the other passengers sitting next to them is a violation of privacy no one should have to tolerate.

Arnold might suggest people take massive does of Primabolin or Anadrol...the steroids he took in massive amounts to control his body fat.....HELLO.....POT? THIS IS KETTLE CALLING

@Kimberly: Go for it! Exercise your right to eat what you want, feel free to cram as much fat, sugar, salt and carbohydrates into your body and I will reserve the right not to support health care reform which would pay to treat your diabetes, heart condition, arthritis, clogged arteries et al. You want to play? Then you should pay. I assume you have health insurance?

You would think that Arnold has enough problems, he needs to do a beter job as Governor and let Clinton handle all the boring problems.
Let the people handle there own obesity problems in their own homes. Thats where it starts thats where it should end.
The Government should not be involved in personal problems in the home.

Pure hate. "Obesity" has become for the government class a codeword to be used to politically marginalize the same people who are regularly socially marginalized as"walmartians" or just plain "walmart shoppers," among other still-acceptable hate speech. That the governor is a mindless tool used yet again for cultural warfare purposes is standard fare now -- my disgust with him has turned to weariness. What is disgusting is that in this post-affluent era government insists on diverting my scarce tax dollars and my government resources to such events. My health and my choices are part of a sphere of private life that this element of society has no moral right to occupy, whatever they believe their official portfolios to be.

"uhhhmmmm... can we be truthful about this, without hurting anyone's feelings? I doubt it. Truth is, obesity is the #1 cost driver for health care..."

Please don't start messages that way. Who writes that way? Do you think that establishes credibility?

"Truth is, that if we're progressive and believe in taxes and paying our fair share for healthcare, we would progressively tax overweight people, the more overweight the higher the tax, to discourage obesity, and to pay the added social cost. We would also progressively tax all processed foods sugar, sodium, and fat contents, to discourage their use, like we do cigarettes. Truth is, we should impose a fat tax, on body fat, that is progressively higher for higher weight, first to discourage it, second to be fair to society to pay for the additional cost. That fat would be measured every year, by a physician, during a yearly check up, and the results sent to the IRS for the assessment of the tax. "

Oh God - what an awesome society that would be. Progressivism writ large.

"@Kimberly: Go for it! Exercise your right to eat what you want, feel free to cram as much fat, sugar, salt and carbohydrates into your body and I will reserve the right not to support health care reform which would pay to treat your diabetes, heart condition, arthritis, clogged arteries et al. You want to play? Then you should pay. I assume you have health insurance?"

Thank you, I WILL do whatever I want! However, I don't recall needing your permission or anyone else's to do so. Last I looked, this is still a free country, right? Who do you think you are to tell me what I should or shouldn't do?

I never asked YOU or anyone else for this ridiculous "Health Care Reform" package that the dems are pushing for. And yes, as a matter of fact I DO pay for my own health insurance, to the tune of $580.00 per month! I'm self employed and also cover my employees medical insurance. I have never ONCE asked the Gov't for a handout for medical insurance, nor will I ever.

In fact, when most Americans are cashing those big fat tax returns I'm one of those rare American Citizens who is WRITING a big fat check to the Gov't to pay for my personal and business income tax responsibilities.

Feel free to thank me anytime, Tara.

listen fred zupper

They don't outlaw skateboarding and bicycling to be big meany's, you idiot...It's unsafe for the other pedestrians (taxpayers) and it's irritating...It's also unsafe for the idiot skateboarder if they were to get hit by a car...

As we continue to grapple with Obesity, a question that is not getting too much attention is the role Alternative systems of medicine like Ayurveda can play in controlling / curingObesity. A system based on Nature can not be all that bad :-)


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