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 an estimated $168 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 diseases.

Campaign Priorities: Policy Solutions with Measurable Results
The toll is shocking:  two thirds of adults and nearly one in three children struggle with obesity. In 1996, no state had an adult obesity rate above 20 percent. In 2008, 49 states did.

Obesity is now one of the country’s costliest medical conditions. Taxpayers, governments and businesses spend billions on obesity-related conditions each year, including an estimated $168 billion in medical costs.

The solution to this epidemic sounds simple, but obesity is a complex disease, reflecting changes in our lifestyles, schools, families, businesses, communities and even the way we interact with the health care system. As with other pressing U.S. public health challenges – like encouraging Americans to smoke less and use seat belts – public policies are needed to create the environment for change.

To learn more about changes in federal policy that will enable more Americans 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.  





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