Schwarzenegger: Fighting Obesity Part of Health Care Reform

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Feb 21, 2010 11:48am

Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he backs First Lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to battle childhood obesity.  “I think prevention is the biggest and most important part of health care reform,” Schwarzenegger told Terry Moran in an exclusive “This Week” interview.  “Mrs. Obama is doing something very smart right now…”

SCHWARZENEGGER: I think that Mrs. Obama is doing something very smart right now.  She's gotten into the obesity summit business, and I think that if you do health care, you cannot do health care without prevention.  I think the prevention part is the biggest and the most important part of health care reform.  And so, for her to talk about obesity, which is a huge problem, because it creates the diabetes and all the health problems in children.  We make our children — they are now 10 pounds heavier today than they were 20 years ago.  So all of this I think going in the right direction.

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