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 nation’s 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 nation’s costliest and most prevalent
Dems Call for Changes to Child Nutrition Bill
The Hill, 05.16.16 House Democrats are pushing for changes to legislation they claim will weaken the first lady’s prized school lunch standards and make it more difficult for low-income and minority children to access meal programs. In a letter led by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), 111 Democrats asked House Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) and ranking member Bobby Scott (D-Va.) to strengthen proposed legislation to reauthorize the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act that they say now includes “misguided changes.”
FDA Approves New Nutrition Panel That Highlights Sugar Levels
The Wall Street Journal, 05.20.16 U.S. food regulators said they approved the most radical overhaul of nutrition policy in decades, putting sugar squarely in its crosshairs. Potentially changing how Americans eat and drink, a new nutrition facts panel that appears on the back of all packaged food and beverages will list how many grams of sugar have been added by manufacturers and what percentage of the recommended daily maximum that represents.
The States with the Fastest Growing Obesity Problem
The Fiscal Times, 05.19.16 American might be the land of the free, but it’s also the land of love handles, beer guts and thunder thighs. According to the latest research, Americans are heavier than ever. The national obesity rate hit an all-time high of 28 percent in 2015, up from 25.5 percent in 2008.
Is the Cure for Obesity Written in Our Genes?
Forbes, 05.18.16 Nancy Gallo, 48, had been battling her weight since high school and consistently failing well-proven diet plans such as Weight Watchers. Then her employer offered help from an unexpected source: her own genetic code. Gallo is a senior consultant for insurance giant Aetna AET -1.15%, which in 2014 began pilot testing a program that combines genetic testing with coaching to develop highly personalized weight-loss programs.
Can Building Design Make You Healthy
The San Diego Union-Tribune, 05.14.16 After decades of building car-centric suburbs, developers now realize they may be partly responsible for a rising tide of obesity. Now, led by the Urban Land Institute think tank in Washington, D.C., they’re pivoting to “healthy places” where walkability, parks, community gardens and public transit can reverse the trends.
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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