But, can government, in its finest "we know what's best for you" tradition, actually outlaw obesity in America?

According to a recent Washington Post article, legislatures in at least 25 states are currently debating more than 140 bills aimed at curbing obesity. Obesity needs to be addressed by individuals, communities and government.

This is the 16th annual report by Trust for America’s Health on the obesity crisis in the United States; we track the latest data and policies, and we offer recommendations. Kevin Concannon, under secretary for food, nutrition, and consumer services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), described the programs of that agency. Obesity is perhaps one of the biggest problems society faces today. Obesity rates doubled for adults in the past three decades and tripled for children, and show no signs of decreasing in the near future. Another government program to address obesity is the Weight-Control Information Network, established in 1994 as a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. government and private investment. Focusing on these communities is both a matter of equity, as well as offers the greatest opportunity for progress. Three speakers addressed obesity solutions within the federal government. Government serves several vital functions in a national public health crisis such as the childhood obesity epidemic.First and foremost the government provides leadership, which it demonstrates by making the response to the obesity epidemic an urgent public health priority and coordinating the public- and private-sector response. Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), detailed that agency's programs and policies … The CDC lists some of the health problems that stem from obesity as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, several types of cancer, stroke and high cholesterol.