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
Obesity is a Chronic Disease, Says New Guidelines
MedPage Today, 05.27.16
Obesity is a chronic disease and should be treated as such, according to new evidence-based guidelines for treating obesity from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). The guidelines are a first for AACE. An executive summary was published in Endocrine Practice earlier this week, along with a graphic algorithm and a separate statement, and the full guidelines are expected later this year.
Too Fat to Fight: Is the Obesity Crisis a National Security Risk?
NBC News, 05.30.16
Marcus Williams is unemployed but says he really wants to join the U.S. Army. Right now though, it is just a dream. "I can't pass the physicals because the recruiters say I am too fat," says the 18-year-old resident of Detroit. "But I am working on it." Currently, he weighs 250 pounds and is 5 feet 10 inches tall. "They tell me that I am technically obese," he says of the Army recruiters.
States with the Highest Obesity
USA Today, 05.28.16
Obesity has been associated with some of the nationís biggest killers ó cancer, heart disease and diabetes. All have been closely linked to obesity. According to the National Cancer Institute, in some cases, obesity can cut a personís lifespan more than smoking. The obesity epidemic afflicts every part of the country to some degree. At least one in five adults are obese in every state. In five states, at least one in three adults are obese.
Severe Obesity May Boost Infection Risk After Heart Surgery
U.S. News & World Report, 06.01.16
Severely obese people may have a higher risk of certain complications after heart bypass surgery than normal-weight patients, a new study suggests. The researchers found that severe obesity was linked to much higher odds of developing an infection soon after heart bypass surgery. And severely obese patients were also more likely to have longer hospital stays than normal-weight patients.
Weight-Loss Surgery may Boost Survival
HealthDay, 06.02.16
Weight-loss surgery might significantly lower obese people's risk of premature death, a new study finds. About five years after surgery, the death rate was just over 1 percent for those who had weight-loss surgery and 4 percent among those in the non-surgery group, researchers said. For the study, the researchers -- led by Christina Persson from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden -- reviewed data from almost 49,000 obese people in Sweden. They were between 18 and 74 years old.
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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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