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 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 diseases.



The Campaign to End Obesity
Foundation Throws $1B Into Fight Against Child Obesity
Politico Pro, 02.05.15
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is committing an additional $500 million to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic, bringing their total commitment to $1 billion. The investment will extend through 2025 with a renewed focus on research into pre-K years and the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages.
New York Times: Margaret Hamburg, F.D.A. Commissioner, Stepping Down, 02.05.15
Margaret Hamburg, the F.D.A. Commissioner announced that she will be stepping down after six years of service.
Researchers Say When You Eat Each Day May Be Critical to Weight Loss, 02.02.15
A new study from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies finds that time-restricted eating may play a critical role in weight loss.
Light Jogging May Be the Key to Long Life, Study Finds
Huffington Post, 02.03.15
Researchers have found that too much physical activity does more harm than good. Instead, light jogging is best when it comes to a long life.
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New Release: The New Markets Tax Credit: Opportunities for Investment
in Healthy Foods and Physical Activity

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CBO Scoring Misses Billions of Dollars in Potential Long-Term Savings from Effective Obesity Prevention Policies

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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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