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
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Youth Sports: A Game-Changer in the Fight to End Obesity | Commentary
Roll Call, 2.27.14 By Rep. Marcia Fudge, a Democrat from Ohio and Ed Foster-Simeon, president and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation and member of the Campaign to End Obesity’s Board of Directors.
As we all know, February is Black History month, a time for us to celebrate the contributions of many trailblazing African-Americans, including the athletes who revolutionized their respective sports and impacted the nation. Accordingly, we recognize the contributions of Jackie Robinson, Ernie Davis, Althea Gibson, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton and countless others who overcame barriers to enhance their sports. Black History Month is also a time to reflect on African-American athletes who have overcome adversity and inspired generations to come. We are inspired by the stories of athletes such as Jackie Robinson’s older brother, Mack Robinson, who won the silver medal in the 200-meter dash during the 1936 Olympic Games, finishing second only to the great Jesse Owens.
Mississippi, West Virginia top the list for most obese states
The Hill, 3.4.14 Mississippi and West Virginia are the most obese states in the country, according to a Gallup survey released on Tuesday. Gallup found that about 35 percent of the people in both states are obese. Delaware, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky and Oklahoma round out the top 10 most obese states. The poll also found a larger percentage of people nationwide are obese. In 2012, only five states registered more than 30 percent obese, but now, every state in the top ten has surpassed that mark. Gallup first began tracking obesity rates in 2008, when the national average was 25.5 percent. The national average is now 27.1 percent. High rates of obesity add to the nation's health costs, Gallup noted.
Schoolchildren are eating more fruits, veggies
CNN, 3.4.14 Are schoolchildren actually eating more fruits and vegetables under the new school lunch program? Apparently they are, according to a new study published Tuesday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Children returning to school beginning in fall 2012 found some significant changes to their cafeteria menus: more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The healthier foods were the result of changes to the National School Lunch Program made under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. But lack of enthusiasm about these new requirements soon surfaced. A few school districts even dropped out of the lunch program. However, the authors of this study say their research proves the opposite: “Contrary to media reports, these results suggest that the new school meal standards have improved students' overall diet quality.
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* 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
according to research released by the National Bureau of Economic
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