Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Military language

Was this the launch pad for the War on Obesity?

'An Under Secretary who would stand here and say to you today, "Is it our problem? Should we be doing something about this? Can we turn it around?" As I said, you obviously agree with us because you are here representing industry, the health care profession, physicians, program managers, researchers, producer groups, dieticians, community people, scientists, and policy representatives.'

'I submit to you today this is a partnership about to happen. I will say it again. This is a partnership that is about to happen. If you did not plan to be a part of this partnership, I tell you, you have no business being here today because you just got drafted.'

Shirley Watkins, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services to a symposium on Childhood Obesity: Causes and Prevention on October 27, 1998

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