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Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro

On the heels of a GOP measure House vote that would cut roughly $39 billion in funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps — over the next decade, Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and former Bob Dole staffer Sheila Burke discuss how the discussion surrounding nutrition has changed as the political sphere has changed. (The Washington Post)

Nearly one in three American children are overweight or obese. But after decades of rising rates, we may be turning a corner on the health crisis. Experts across fields gathered at Washington Post Live’s 2013 Childhood Obesity Summit to discuss strategies resulting in healthier children.

Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.)

People need access to information — menu labeling, front-of-package labeling — on products. Several years ago, we worked with the industry. And, as part of the Affordable Care Act, menu labeling is in there. It’s already showing up at Subway, McDonald’s and other chains. We spent a lot of time so that we could put the calories up on the board. That is behavioral change that we can make. It’s not unlike stopping smoking on airplanes.

I happen to believe that Congress has to play a central role in engaging in this effort.


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