Today, two-thirds of U.S. adults and nearly one in three
children struggle because they are overweight or have obesity. The
effects of the nationís obesity epidemic are immense: taxpayers,
businesses, communities and individuals spend hundreds of billions of dollars
each year due to obesity, including nearly $200 billion in medical
costs. Obesity is the reason that the current generation of youth is
predicted to live a shorter life than their parents.
Much can be done to
reverse the epidemic, yet important opportunities to tackle obesity at the
national policy level -- including changes that enable more Americans to eat
healthy and be active, as well as those that provide appropriate medical
treatment for patients -- have gone largely unmet. The Campaign works to
fill this gap. By bringing together leaders from across industry,
academia and public health with policymakers and their advisors, the Campaign
provides the information and guidance that decision-makers need to make policy
changes that will reverse one of the nationís costliest and most prevalent
Smoking, Obesity: Weighting the Financial Toll
US News & World Report, 01.16.15 A new study found that, on an annual basis, obesity is more expensive to treat than smoking. Obese peopleís health care costs about $1,360 more than non-obese peopleís.
Letís Address the State of Food
The New York Times, 01.19.15 The United States has an interesting relationship with food. There are a multitude of things that should be addressed in regards to our food.
First Lady Promotes Eating Right, Fitness at Book Reading
The New York Times, 01.21.15 First Lady, Michelle Obama, welcomed local children to the White House where she read them ďOh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good For You!Ē by Dr. Seuss and taught them physical activities to stay fit.
To learn more about changes in federal policy that will enable more
to eat healthy and be active, as well as those that provide appropriate
medical treatment for patients, visit the Campaign to End Obesity Action
Fund's website by clicking here.
* In 2010, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that
nearly 20 percent of the increase in U.S. health care spending (from
1987‐2007) was caused by obesity.
* The annual health costs related to obesity in the U.S. are nearly $200 billion, and nearly 21 percent of U.S. medical costs can be attributed
according to research released by the National Bureau of Economic
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