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.

Campaign to End Obesity Action Fund Applauds Members of Congress Helping to Fight Obesity's Impact on Potential Military Servicepersons
Campaign to End Obesity , 11.12.14
As the nation joins together to remember and thank our veterans, the Campaign to End Obesity Action Fund applauds congressional efforts to address the effect of obesity on our Armed Services with Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) leading a letter to Military Service Chiefs addressing obesity issues with potential military recruits.

A balloon for obesity: an option between medication and surgery?
L.A. Times, 11.5.14
The water balloon diet sounds like a new weight-loss gimmick, but at its heart is a medical device: the gastric balloon, several of which are expected to be considered by the Food and Drug Administration as weight-loss aids in the next year or so. The gastric balloon goes down the throat, is inflated with fluid, and sits in the stomach. By taking up space, the device is designed to create a sensation of fullness, help a patient develop habits of portion control, and aid in weight loss.

Medicare may need to expand options for behavioral weight loss counseling in primary care
Medical Xpress, 11.4.14
An important addition to the "eat less, move more" strategy for weight loss lies in behavioral counseling to achieve these goals. But research on how primary care practitioners can best provide behavioral weight loss counseling to obese patients in their practices—as encouraged by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)—remains slim, according to a systematic review of this topic published today in JAMA. The study was led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

How to Improve American School Lunches
Scientific American, 11.3.14
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health who collected plate waste data among more than 1,000 students in four schools in urban, low-income school districts both before and after HHFKA took effect found that fruit selection increased 23 percent following implementation: “Average per person fruit consumption was unchanged,” said researchers, “but because more students selected fruit overall, more fruit was consumed post-implementation.” Also, per student vegetable consumption went up 16.2 percent.

Pediatricians’ communication with parents critical to overcoming obesity in Latino children
HealthCanal , 11.5.14
UT Southwestern Medical Center physician-researchers found that 1-in-5 parents of overweight Latino children is not directly told that the child is overweight. Furthermore, sometimes no discussion of weight occurred when a language barrier existed – a finding that signifies the challenges of reversing the rapidly rising rates of obesity in minority children.

Obesity Is About To Surpass Tobacco As The Leading Cause Of Cancer
, 11.6.14
Obesity will surpass tobacco as the leading cause of cancer “within a couple years,” officials from the American Society of Clinical Oncology recently announced. But this news may come as a surprise to many people: according to a phone survey conducted by the Associated Press and NORC Center, fewer than 10 percent of Americans know that a link between excess weight and cancer exists.

Campaign to End Obesity Applauds Release of Tool to Help Clinicians Address Obesity
The Campaign to End Obesity , 11.6.14
The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance yesterday released guidance for medical professionals in addressing obesity in their adult patients. The tool, called Why Weight? A Guide to Discussing Obesity & Health With Your Patients, gives medical professionals information about how to talk to adult patients about their weight in an open and productive way.



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