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.

D.C. Residents Have the Nation’s Best Access to Exercise Opportunities; Mississippi is Last
The Washington Post, 01.22.15
A new study found that 77 percent of people in the United States have inadequate access to exercise opportunities. They also found that lack of access is associated with obesity and other measures of inactivity.

Smoking, Obesity: Weighting the Financial Toll
US News & World Report, 01.16.15
A new study found that, on an annual basis, obesity is more expensive to treat than smoking. Obese people’s health care costs about $1,360 more than non-obese people’s.

Let’s Address the State of Food
The New York Times, 01.19.15
The United States has an interesting relationship with food. There are a multitude of things that should be addressed in regards to our food.

First Lady Promotes Eating Right, Fitness at Book Reading
The New York Times, 01.21.15
First Lady, Michelle Obama, welcomed local children to the White House where she read them “Oh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good For You!” by Dr. Seuss and taught them physical activities to stay fit.



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