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.

For low-income kids, meals aplenty this summer
USA Today, 06.25.15
WASHINGTON — A chorus of "thank yous" filled the room as each child reached for his or her packaged meal. Breakfast at the Barry Farm Recreation Center was served: A nectarine, a muffin and a carton of milk for each kid.

Schools ask for more flexibility in school lunch regs
The Hill, 06.24.15
School districts were back before lawmakers Wednesday to ask for more flexibility in the first lady’s prized healthy school lunch regulations, which they say have made school lunches unappealing. Though the regulations are well-intended, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), chair of the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, said states and schools are struggling.

If current trends hold, childhood obesity will hit 70 million by 2025, warns UN health agency
UN News Centre, 06.22.15
22 June 2015 – Childhood obesity does not arise from lifestyle choices made by the child, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, stressing that the huge problem, especially in developing countries on the marketing of sugar-rich non-alcoholic beverages, ultra-processed, energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods.

More Than Two Thirds of Americans Are Overweight or Obese
Time, 06.22.15
Most Americans are overweight, according to a new study looking at overweight and obesity rates in the United States. In a report published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis studied data from 2007 to 2012 of a nationally representative group of 15,208 people ages 25 or older.

Foundation throws $1B into fight against child obesity
Politico Pro, 02.05.15
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is doubling its financial commitment to combat the childhood obesity epidemic, bringing a total of $1 billion to the fight. The foundation — the largest nonprofit dedicated to health in the U.S. — will announce a new $500 million pledge at an event with first lady Michelle Obama at a high school in New York City Thursday afternoon. The commitment follows a $500 million pledge the group made in 2007 that aimed to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.

F.D.A. Commissioner Leaving After Six Years of Breakneck Changes
The New York Times, 02.05.15
Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, who led the agency for nearly six years through a period of rapid change in medical science, announced Thursday that she was stepping down.

Light Jogging May Be The Key To Long Life, Study Finds
The Huffington Post, 02.03.15
Although there are no sure-fire prescriptions for long life, exercise has often been touted as the key to good health for both young and old. But a new Danish study has discovered that too much physical activity actually does more harm than good. Instead, researchers found that light jogging is best when it comes to longevity.

Researchers Say When You Eat Each Day May Be Crucial to Weight Loss
Wall Street Journal, 02.02.15
Most diet advice focuses on calories and nutrients, but new research suggests that when you eat may be just as important. That’s one conclusion of a new study by Dr. Satchidananda Panda, an associate professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, in La Jolla, Calif. Mice that were forced to limit how many hours they ate were thinner than mice that chowed down whenever they wanted, Dr. Panda’s team found. This was true no matter what kind of unhealthy diet the mice ate.



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