Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered

Season 1 Episode 9

The Obesity Debate

Aired Friday 9:30 PM Aug 13, 2004 on PBS
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The Obesity Debate
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This week's edition is devoted to America's intensifying preoccupation with its weight. Now governments are joining the diet industry and the media in telling the country that it's too fat. But where Atkins and South Beach can only help through education and motivation, government has new regulations, new labels, and new taxes at its disposal. And the Bush administration recently joined the fray by expanding Medicare to cover obesity itself, rather than just its consequences.

First Up this week is Michael Jacobson, the executive director of The Center for Science in the Public Interest, who has argued for extensive restaurant menu labeling, taxes on soft drinks, and restrictions on some types of advertising.

Then Tucker speaks with Paul Campos, a University of Colorado law professor and the author of The Obesity Myth: Why America's Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health.

On the Back Page is Wendy Shanker. This New York comedian and the author of The Fat Girl's Guide to Life will discuss being fat and getting along despite the social stigma.moreless

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