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Special Report: How Washington went soft on childhood obesity

First lady Michelle Obama plays flag football with children and former NFL players and coaches during her "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity in New Orleans in this file photo taken September 8, 2010. REUTERS/Cheryl Gerber/Files

First lady Michelle Obama plays flag football with children and former NFL players and coaches during her "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity in New Orleans in this file photo taken September 8, 2010. REUTERS/Cheryl Gerber/Files

First lady Michelle Obama plays flag football with children and former NFL players and coaches during her "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity in New Orleans in this file photo taken September 8, 2010. REUTERS/Cheryl Gerber/Files
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Margo G. Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy for the Center for Science in the Public Interest displays foods. toys and giveaways marketed by the food industry towards young children in Washington, April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Margo G. Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy for the Center for Science in the Public Interest displays foods. toys and giveaways marketed by the food industry towards young children in Washington, April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Margo G. Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy for the Center for Science in the Public Interest displays foods. toys and giveaways marketed by the food industry towards young children in Washington, April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Foods marketed towards young children that meet and are declared nutritional by the government food guidelines advocated by the food industry are seen at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Foods marketed towards young children that meet and are declared nutritional by the government food guidelines advocated by the food industry are seen at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Foods marketed towards young children that meet and are declared nutritional by the government food guidelines advocated by the food industry are seen at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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A child reaches for a box of Lucky Charms cereal at a grocery store in Annandale, Virginia April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)

A child reaches for a box of Lucky Charms cereal at a grocery store in Annandale, Virginia April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)

A child reaches for a box of Lucky Charms cereal at a grocery store in Annandale, Virginia April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)
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Pizza is shown for sale in the cafeteria at a middle school in San Diego, California March 7, 2011. REUTERS/ Mike Blake

Pizza is shown for sale in the cafeteria at a middle school in San Diego, California March 7, 2011. REUTERS/ Mike Blake

Pizza is shown for sale in the cafeteria at a middle school in San Diego, California March 7, 2011. REUTERS/ Mike Blake
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) holds a meeting on childhood obesity with Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius (L), Senator Tom Harkin (R) and other officials at the White House in Washington in this February 2, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) holds a meeting on childhood obesity with Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius (L), Senator Tom Harkin (R) and other officials at the White House in Washington in this February 2, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Larry...more

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) holds a meeting on childhood obesity with Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius (L), Senator Tom Harkin (R) and other officials at the White House in Washington in this February 2, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama talks about childhood obesity next to U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin in the Old Family Dining Room at the White House in a file photo taken in Washington on February 2, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama talks about childhood obesity next to U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin in the Old Family Dining Room at the White House in a file photo taken in Washington on February 2, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama talks about childhood obesity next to U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin in the Old Family Dining Room at the White House in a file photo taken in Washington on February 2, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files
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U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama walks with Newark New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker (C) and Principal Deneen Washington (L) of the Maple Avenue School during a visit to the school visit to promote her "Let's Move" initiative to reduce childhood obesity in this file photo taken in Newark, New Jersey on November 18, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama walks with Newark New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker (C) and Principal Deneen Washington (L) of the Maple Avenue School during a visit to the school visit to promote her "Let's Move" initiative to reduce childhood obesity in...more

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama walks with Newark New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker (C) and Principal Deneen Washington (L) of the Maple Avenue School during a visit to the school visit to promote her "Let's Move" initiative to reduce childhood obesity in this file photo taken in Newark, New Jersey on November 18, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files
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Jazmine Raygoza, 17, (L) does ab crunches during a workout at a gym as her mother Veronica (R) watches in Englewood, Colorado August 24, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza, 17, (L) does ab crunches during a workout at a gym as her mother Veronica (R) watches in Englewood, Colorado August 24, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jazmine Raygoza, 17, (L) does ab crunches during a workout at a gym as her mother Veronica (R) watches in Englewood, Colorado August 24, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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Jazmine Raygoza, 17, looks at a model of a stomach with a Lap-Band attached at Rose Medical Center in Denver August 3, 2011 about 6 weeks after her Lap-Band surgery. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files

Jazmine Raygoza, 17, looks at a model of a stomach with a Lap-Band attached at Rose Medical Center in Denver August 3, 2011 about 6 weeks after her Lap-Band surgery. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files

Jazmine Raygoza, 17, looks at a model of a stomach with a Lap-Band attached at Rose Medical Center in Denver August 3, 2011 about 6 weeks after her Lap-Band surgery. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files
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A soda vending machine is shown at a transit stop in Encinitas, California April 24, 2012. REUTERS/ Mike Blake

A soda vending machine is shown at a transit stop in Encinitas, California April 24, 2012. REUTERS/ Mike Blake

A soda vending machine is shown at a transit stop in Encinitas, California April 24, 2012. REUTERS/ Mike Blake
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Students eat lunch in the cafeteria at Marston Middle School in San Diego, California March 7, 2011. REUTERS/ Mike Blake

Students eat lunch in the cafeteria at Marston Middle School in San Diego, California March 7, 2011. REUTERS/ Mike Blake

Students eat lunch in the cafeteria at Marston Middle School in San Diego, California March 7, 2011. REUTERS/ Mike Blake
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A vending machine is shown at a transit stop in Encinitas, California April 24, 2012. REUTERS/ Mike Blake

A vending machine is shown at a transit stop in Encinitas, California April 24, 2012. REUTERS/ Mike Blake

A vending machine is shown at a transit stop in Encinitas, California April 24, 2012. REUTERS/ Mike Blake
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A vending machine is shown at a transit stop in Encinitas, California April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A vending machine is shown at a transit stop in Encinitas, California April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A vending machine is shown at a transit stop in Encinitas, California April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A vending machine is shown at a transit stop in Encinitas, California April 24, 2012. REUTERS/ Mike Blake

A vending machine is shown at a transit stop in Encinitas, California April 24, 2012. REUTERS/ Mike Blake

A vending machine is shown at a transit stop in Encinitas, California April 24, 2012. REUTERS/ Mike Blake
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High school students eat burgers and fries at a fast food restaurant in Fairfax, Virginia April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

High school students eat burgers and fries at a fast food restaurant in Fairfax, Virginia April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

High school students eat burgers and fries at a fast food restaurant in Fairfax, Virginia April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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High school students eat burgers and fries at a fast food restaurant in Fairfax, Virginia April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

High school students eat burgers and fries at a fast food restaurant in Fairfax, Virginia April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

High school students eat burgers and fries at a fast food restaurant in Fairfax, Virginia April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Children wait with their parents at the counter of a McDonald's in Manassas, Virginia April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Children wait with their parents at the counter of a McDonald's in Manassas, Virginia April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Children wait with their parents at the counter of a McDonald's in Manassas, Virginia April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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A student selects a soda at a machine inside a Northern Virginia high school April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

A student selects a soda at a machine inside a Northern Virginia high school April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

A student selects a soda at a machine inside a Northern Virginia high school April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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A boy and his mother await their order at a fast food restaurant in Manassas, Virginia April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

A boy and his mother await their order at a fast food restaurant in Manassas, Virginia April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

A boy and his mother await their order at a fast food restaurant in Manassas, Virginia April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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High school students eat burgers and fries at a fast food restaurant in Fairfax, Virginia April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

High school students eat burgers and fries at a fast food restaurant in Fairfax, Virginia April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

High school students eat burgers and fries at a fast food restaurant in Fairfax, Virginia April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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