It's well known that childhood obesity is a problem in the United States that has only gotten...well...bigger. Experts not only warn of the medical risks associated with poor diet and exercise, but also of rapidly increasing healthcare costs. As more Americans seek out medical care for conditions stemming from obesity (like diabetes and hypertension), the U.S. government is predicted to spend over $190 billion covering the treatment of these complications. Childhood obesity is so prevalent that First Lady Michelle Obama launched the "Let's Move!" campaign to encourage young people to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Plenty of members of Congress preach a similar message. But are these supporters as health-conscious when it comes to soliciting (and savoring) campaign contributions from major food & beverage brands?
According to our data, five of these nutrition-favoring reformers accepted campaign donations from some companies and organizations who are less-keen on government attempts to reduce the number of calories children consume. The American Beverage Association, the National Confectioners Association, General Mills, Coca-Cola, and PepsiCo all contributed to the campaigns of the following representatives.
While Representatives Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Sheila Lee (TX-18), Tim Murphy (PA-18), Danny Davis (IL-7) and Pat Tiberi (OH-12) publicly support addressing this public health issue, there is plenty of sugar to be found in their campaign records.
That's not very sweet!
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