Sources at the S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) tell FITS the Palmetto State’s notoriously incurious mainstream media is “finally beginning to ask questions” about state government’s failure to follow through on Gov. Nikki Haley’s so-called “war on fat.”
Declared in February of this year, Haley proposed to fight obesity in South Carolina by seeking a waiver from the federal government limiting the dietary choices of food stamp recipients. The goal was to encourage them to eat healthier foods.
As we reported last month, though, nothing has happened with regard to this effort. More than six months after Haley’s declaration (and more than two months after a round of public hearings on the food stamp waiver), the governor’s administration has yet to submit its request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
We supported Haley’s plan to encourage better dietary choices among these dependents. In fact we endorsed a specific proposal put forward by her health czarina, Catherine Templeton, which would have done just that. However neither Templeton nor Haley appear to have any explanation as to why this effort has stalled.
WTF, ladies? This isn’t complicated. Just ask for the waiver already!
A whopping 31.6 percent of Palmetto State adults were obese (not just overweight) last year – up from 30.8 percent in 2011. South Carolina is the seventh-fattest state in America according to the data, released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health.