Republican presidential candidate and
self-described "recovering foodaholic" Mike Huckabee says today
(Saturday) that an obesity epidemic could cause serious problems
for the American economy.
Huckabee, speaking at the Southern Governors' Association
convention in Biloxi, Mississippi, says obesity is even a threat to
Huckabee wondered who would fight the war on terror if the next
generation is so overweight that its members are too sick to show
up to work.
Susan R. Cooper, director of Tennessee's Project Diabetes, said
that in one of the state's large metropolitan counties, an average
of one patient a day has a leg amputated because of diabetes.
Cooper said many states' health care costs are increasing
because of problems caused by people being overweight.