Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Politicans bid to help America's fat kids

By guest columnist Cleland Thom
A bill aimed at getting America’s fat kids to lose weight only has a slim chance of becoming law, experts say.

Two US senators want to stop food manufacters deducting the cost of advertising junk food from their tax bills.

They claim the Stop Subsidising Childhood Obesity Bill would trim the number of scale-busting kids by seven per cent.

One of them, Tom Harkin, Iowa, said the new law would close a ‘nonsensical tax loophole.’

He said: ‘Our nation is facing a childhood obesity crisis that demands our urgent attention. One effective way of combating this epidemic is to ensure that our children are not confronted by persistent advertising from soda, snack, and candy makers.’

But UK nutrition expert Petra Heywood weighed in with a gloomy prediction.

‘I wish these guys success. But they’re up against some heavyweight food corporations.’

Cleland Thom is director of CTJT, who provide online proofreading courses

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