The Campaign to End Obesity

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 diseases.


The Campaign to End Obesity
A New Formula for Exercise? Study Suggests 1 Hour of Activity Per 8 Hours of Sitting
The Washington Post, 07.28.16
If you fear you're doing irreparable damage to your body because your white-collar job keeps you sitting at your desk from 9 to 5, or you regularly spend entire weekends sprawled out on your couch binge-watching Netflix, there's some good news just out from sports medicine researchers. According to a study published in The Lancet, all is not lost. You may be able to "make up" for your increased risk of death due to a sedentary lifestyle by engaging in enough physical activity.
Lack of Exercise, Sedentary Behavior Cost the World 5 Million Lives and $67.5 Billion Every Year
Tech Times, 07.28.16
Bad news for office workers or those who are explicitly lazy. A new study finds that physical inactivity accounts for 5 million deaths and $67.5 billion in expenses every year. A sedentary lifestyle, which includes sitting for more than eight hours a day, has been associated with the increased risks of developing certain health issues including diabetes, cancers and heart disease. But the good news is that simple activities, brisk walking for instance, can help reduce the perceived higher risks of early death.
USDA Finalizes School Meal Rules, While House Republicans Work Furiously to Gut Them
Forbes, 07.26.16
The USDA announced four final rules last week that will improve the health and wellbeing of children who eat meals that are part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. Sadly, these rules and others that were finalized for the 2010 Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR), also known as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA), could soon be weakened if House Republicans get their way.
Personalized Weight-Loss Interventions Effective Among Obese, Sedentary Primary Care Patients
Healio, 07.26.16
A home-based, personalized intervention that included telephone counseling, individually tailored print materials, and DVDs, in addition to face-to-face meetings, was effective in promoting weight loss and increasing physical activity among primary care patients with obesity, according to data published in the Annals of Family Medicine.
New Research Into Preventing Obesity in Children by Starting in Infancy
The Boston Globe, 07.25.16
It is one of the most pressing health problems of the next generation, yet clinicians have had little success stemming the tide of childhood obesity. Attempt after attempt to prevent excessive weight gain in children has failed, and that excess body fat raises a child’s immediate and long-term risk of debilitating conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and bone and joint problems.
Neighborhoods Matter to Kids' Food Choices
MedPage Today, 06.23.16
Children who went near places that sold junk food between home and school were more likely to end up purchasing that junk food, according to a new study that used global positioning system (GPS) technology to track kids' trips for 2 weeks.
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New Release: The New Markets Tax Credit: Opportunities for Investment
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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.  

* 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 on obesity, according to research released by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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