Obesity

Sen. Tom Harkin Plans Federal Campaign Against Fat

Intrusiveness and price tag to be announced later

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You know what they say: The government helps those who won't help themselves — or who will help themselves to seconds.

Exhibit A: U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's fatwa on fat and individual responsibility, the Healthier Lifestyles and Prevention America Act, also known as the HeLP America Act.

The bill, introduced this week by the long-serving Iowa Democrat, is the latest in a growing line of big-government measures in obesity battle costing American taxpayers — morbidly obese and skinny alike — billions of dollars.