obesity

5:51pm

Thu September 13, 2012

5:50pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

The Nanny State: Comparing Richmond's soda tax to California's anti-smoking campaign

As controversy rages regarding the government's right to regulate health, some have been quick to compare the ideas of government regulation to preventing obesity, to legislation against lung cancer and smoking. While  obesity and lung cancer are both health issues, research shows that they aren't as analogous as one might expect. Men who smoke a pack  of cigarettes per day have a relative risk of mortality nearly four times higher than the national average. The relative risk of mortality from obesity isn't even close to that; it's 1.5 times the average.

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5:25pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Politics

The Nanny State: a Libertarian's view on legislating lifestyles

Marcy Berry is the Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of San Francisco. She spoke with KALW’s Isaac Silk about whether the government should be involved with legislating healthy lifestyles.

MARCY BERRY: No. Not at all, no at all times, no. It should be left up to parents to families to the people in charge. It’s not, in my opinion, up to the government to address such things.  So, say if someone is obese, why is that person obese? She shouldn’t eat that much. I have children; they’re not obese. So, I don’t expect the government to make them thin. I expect myself to guide them

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5:23pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Politics

The Nanny State: Richmond's mayor not afraid to take on 'Big Sugar'

Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin
newamericamedia.org

Sixteen percent of people in Richmond live below the poverty line. The city has the highest rate of diabetes deaths in Contra Costa County. But it also has one of the nation’s most progressive mayors, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.

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11:52pm

Mon June 11, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Today on Your Call: How does US food and farm policy affect the world?

 On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Raj Patel, author of “Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World food System" and Daniel Imhoff, author of "Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to  Food and Farm Bill.”  The US Farm Bill is currently being discussed by the Senate.   How does the Farm Bill affect our food system?  Who is behind crop subsidies?  Why does it matter for the environment, the economy, and public health?  Join us at 10 PST or leave a comment here.  What do you want to know about the Food and Farm Bill?  It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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