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NPT Capitol: Ban trans-fat, stop the “silent epidemic” of obesity

“Across Texas, a silent epidemic of obesity is shortening lives, raising health costs and putting more and more Texans at risk,” said Sen. Eliot Shapleigh at a press conference yesterday joined by state Rep Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, regarding bills they have both filed seeking to ban trans-fat from Texas restaurants.

The bills, SB 204 and HB 1523, would amend the Health and Safety Code, prohibiting Texas restaurants from using trans-fats, which have been linked to health problems. According to Shapleigh’s office, a 2006 Paso Del Norte Health Foundation report found that more than 37 percent of El Pasoans were overweight and another 27.2 percent were obese. Shapleigh has also filed SB 352, banning trans-fat from school meals.

“Texans cannot afford to suffer from the lingering health effects of heart disease, diabetes, and the other ailments caused by bad cholesterol intake. Many restaurants in the country, including a number of prominent chains already take responsibility for the foods they serve by eliminating trans fat from their menu. I applaud these good corporate citizens and look forward to the day when all of Texas is trans-fat free,” Rep. Alvarado said.

SB 204 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. SB 352 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Education. HB 1523 has been referred to the House Committee on Public Health.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

April 7, 2009 at 9:56 am

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  1. i saw this on k’s blog and thought it was hilarious.

    hey shap, this one is for you asshole.

    this second video sounds like some shit shap would come up with being an attorney and all even though he is getting divorced.


    April 7, 2009 at 10:49 am

  2. Far too much Big Brother.

    Ken G

    April 7, 2009 at 4:11 pm

  3. About time! YES YES YES!


    April 7, 2009 at 5:07 pm

  4. Yeah, Ken! I hate it when Big Brother government keeps lead out of my kids’ toys and salmonella out of my nuts. I hate it when Big Brother requires “doctors” to have licenses and keeps “illegal drugs” out my hands. Let the market decide! Caveat emptor!

    It’s America, but we all LOVE Russian roulette. Especially us fat ones 🙂


    April 7, 2009 at 6:43 pm

  5. Give me a break – Wake up El Paso and get rid of this guy!!


    April 7, 2009 at 8:33 pm

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