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
Retired Military Leaders: School Nutrition Supports National Security | Letter to the Editor
Roll Call, 12.12.14
School nutrition is necessary to prevent obesity which is the leading medical reason why more than 70 percent of young adults nationwide are unable to serve in the military. The military spends over $1.5 billion a year on obesity-related medical costs including replacing those who are discharged because they are physically unfit.
Morbid obesity is a disability. Employers should start treating it that way.
The Washington Post, 12.18.14
As obesity rates continue to rise, the U.S. and European Courts have grappled with determining if severe cases of obesity quality as a disability. European courts have ruled that, under certain conditions, obesity can be a disability.
Senate Confirms Vivek Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General
The Wall Street Journal, 12.15.14
Earlier this week, Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed as Surgeon General. He has stated that his “priority and focus is going to be on obesity prevention.”
How the Obesity Epidemic Drains Medicare and Medicaid
The Fiscal Times, 12.15.14
As obesity rates increase, so too do the costs. One study found that federal expenditures on adult obesity are $91.6 billion a year.
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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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