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Feb 3, 2012 to Broadcast Free Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Live Online Tuesday, February 7: "Obesity is the Government’s Business"

On Tuesday, February 7,, the leading online destination for video programs from the world’s best conferences and events, will broadcast the next Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US), "Obesity Is The Government's Business." With 33 percent of adults and 17 percent of children obese, the U.S. is currently facing an obesity epidemic. A major risk factor of expensive, chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and cancer, it costs our health care system nearly $150 billon a year. This Oxford-style debate will ask: Should the government intervene, or is this a matter of individual rights and personal responsibility? will stream the debate live from the NYU Skirball Center in New York starting at 6:45pm ET (3:45pm PT) on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Following the live event, will offer the debate as a free on-demand program, and highlights and the full video will be available to share and embed.

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In support of the motion:

Dr. David Satcher, Former Surgeon General of the United States

Dr. Pamela Peeke, WebMD Chief Lifestyle Expert

Against the motion:

Paul Campos, Author of The Obesity Myth and Law Professor, University of Colorado

John Stossel, FOX Business News Anchor & Commentator

The Moderator: John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News’ “Nightline.” In a career that spans more than two decades for ABC News, Donvan previously served as the Chief White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem and Amman.

Throughout the spring will live stream additional IQ2US debates, which will consider the whether China is better at capitalism than the U.S. (3/13/12); the impact of the Internet on politics (4/17/12); and if college football should be banned (5/8/12).