Food and beverage industries winning fight against White House

Despite Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, the White House continues to lose the battle against food and beverage industries, according to a Reuters Special Report.

Congress declared pizza a vegetable in order to save it from a nutritional overhaul of school lunch programs. Photo courtesy of Reuters.

The White House’s abandonment of their multi-agency effort to provide healthier food to children is contributing to the growing number of obese children, the Report argues. In the past two years, Congress has declared pizza a vegetable and killed a plan to reduce sugar, salt and fat in foods marketed to children.

Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics, said the special report brought up concerns similar to those mentioned in her own blog last December. If the First Lady is to make progress, people need to show their support and take the time to write to the White House, she says.

The public debate is expected to resume next month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a conference in Washington May 7-8, and a “Sugary Drinks Summit” will be held June 7-8.

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