Responding to a report from the U.S. Surgeon General that cited
the growing trend of obesity in all age groups, Senate Majority
Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., introduced legislation June 3 designed
to prevent and treat obesity and eating disorders. Today, 61
percent of American adults and 13 percent of American children are
overweight or obese; and 300,000 deaths in this country are
associated with obesity every year. Frist and bill co-sponsor Sen.
Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., would allocate $60 million in grant funds to
be used for nutrition education, to promote physical activity and
to fund new research into preventing obesity and eating
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