Wisconsin lawmakers intro bill to prevent obesity-related lawsuits

Oct. 21, 2003

MADISON, Wis.-Wisconsin lawmakers introduced the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption bill on Oct. 21, which would exempt from civil liability in obesity lawsuits food sellers, distributors, advertisers, packers, marketers and manufacturers.

According to The Associated Press, the bill will head to the state's Assembly Judiciary Committee before being sent to the Senate Committee on Labor, Small Business Development and Consumer Affairs.

"Rising obesity rates are a serious problem," said Ed Lump, Wisconsin Restaurant Association president and CEO. "But multimillion-dollar lawsuits are not the solution."

According to the story, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 59 percent of Wisconsin residents are obese, twice the number 10 years ago.

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