By now you may have seen the media coverage of the extraordinary, secret memo leaked from the Trump White House.

 

Incredibly, this memo criticizes Trump’s former Secretary of Health and Human Services for recognizing the importance of childhood obesity. And it describes childhood obesity as “Not a priority of this administration.”

 

The memo claims childhood obesity was a priority of the high-flying Secretary “for inexplicable reasons” and that the initiative “should probably be reversed.”

 

Are you kidding me?

 

Have they seen last week’s study from HHS suggesting that childhood obesity hasn’t leveled off, but may still be increasing? Perhaps they are the only people in the country who haven’t heard that childhood obesity has tripled in the last two decades and leads to diabetes, heart attacks, and cancer—major contributors to our nation’s sky-high health care costs.

 

It gets worse.

 

The memo suggests that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention actually “shift money away from chronic disease!”

 

Is it possible they are unaware that “chronic diseases” means diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, and that they are responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths and more than 75 percent of the nation’s $2 trillion medical care costs?

 

Please help us push back against the ignorance and short-sightedness coming out of this White House. Childhood obesity has tripled in the last two decades and leads to diabetes, heart attacks, and cancer — major contributors to our nation’s sky-high health care costs. This execrable memo needs a muscular response. Can the Center for Science in the Public Interest count on you to help?

 

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