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Obesity-Related Bills That Almost Made It
Texas is now the 12th Fattest state in and is ranked 7th in childhood obesity.
It is more likely that a child will be obese if the parent is, said Dr. Shreela Sharma, assistant professor at the Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at UTHealth.
This has been on the mind of some Texas Legislators this past 82nd session. But not everyone was able to get their bills passed.
State Sen. Lucio (D-27) introduced SB 1004 that would put a tax on Soft Drinks and Rep. Farias introduced a similar House Bill placing a tax on Sugary Drinks. Both proposed measures failed, as did SB185, which would restore three semesters of required physical education credits for high school students as opposed to the current two.
Obesity-Related “Food Bills” that Failed to Pass
Obesity-Related “Activity Bills” that Failed to Pass
But some Bills weren’t just sitting on TX Capitol hill ( via School House Rock). They were signed into law.
New Laws and Developments Pertaining to Obesity
SB 226 by Nelson -- Would ask that schools collect the data from fitness exams of their students and share it with the Texas Education Agency so that they can use the data to develop better curriculum for students.