Is it time to get tough on obesity?

Posted April 05, 2010, at 3:21 p.m.

Maine is not among the worst states when it comes to prevalence of obesity, but health

officials believe childhood obesity remains a problem here. What should be the

government’s role in combating obesity? Should schools become more active in

promoting healthy living and healthy eating? Should physical education be a daily class?

Should health insurance companies be allowed to penalize subscribers for chronic

obesity? Or would such efforts be too heavy-handed? Is being obese a right people should

have without consequences?