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Sunday, April 15 at 9 p.m. – Intelligence Squared US: Is Obesity the Government's Business?

(Rochester, NY) – Obesity costs our health care system nearly $150 billion a year and is a major risk factor for expensive, chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Should the government intervene, or is this a matter of individual rights and personal responsibility? Intelligence Squared U.S. presents Former Surgeon General David Satcher, and Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of Fight Fat After Forty speaking for the motion, with Paul Campos, author of The Obesity Myth, and John Stossel, host of Stossel on Fox News speaking against the motion. Moderated by John Donvan, the debate, Is Obesity the Government's Business?, airs Sunday, April 15 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2.

Recently in the U.S., it seems as if partisan rancor has replaced reasoned debate; mainstream media has become contentious and ideological; and discussions of important issues are being dominated by emotion rather than by facts and analysis. The debate series Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) attempts to change this trend and raise the level of public discourse on the key issues of our day.

For the motion: Dr. Pamela Peeke, nationally renowned physician, scientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, metabolism, stress and fitness, and Dr. David Satcher, who served as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States and published America’s first “Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity.” Against the motion: Paul Campos, author of "The Obessity Myth and Law Professor, University of Colorado and John Stossel, FOX Business News Anchor & Commentator.

Modeled on the British program Intelligence Squared, IQ2US is an Oxford-style debate that is provocative, intellectually rich, humorous, and dramatic. For each debate a motion is proposed. Then, two panelists argue for the motion and two argue against it, with a moderator controlling the proceedings. After the formal arguments, the debate is thrown open to the floor for questions, triggering a lively interchange among the speakers and audience members. Each side attempts to persuade the audience to vote their way. This adversarial context is electric, adding drama and excitement to the proceedings. The live audience will vote on the motion both before and after hearing the arguments, so there is a clear measure of how far people have actually been swayed. Those votes are tallied during the evening and announced at the end with a clear side winning.
 
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Credit: http://intelligencesquaredus.org/

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