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
Uncle Sam Wants You...Slimmer
U.S. News & World Report, 06.30.16
Military personnel are expected to meet strict weight and body fat standards. But one in five U.S. military service members is obese, new research shows. "We count on our military to be in the best shape both physically and mentally, and these data show there is a need to improve efforts to maintain a healthy weight within our Armed Forces," said Catherine Champagne, a member of The Obesity Society's advocacy committee.
Researchers to Conduct Trial to See if Weight Loss Helps Keep Breast Cancer Away
Houston Chronicle, 06.28.16
Should weight loss be prescribed as a treatment for breast cancer? Scientists are recruiting thousands of women for a large clinical trial to find out. The plan is to put heavy women age 18 and older who were recently given diagnoses of breast cancer on diets to see if losing weight will keep their cancer from returning. "We have been telling women to do this for years, but we don't really have definitive proof," said Dr. Jennifer Ligibel, the principal investigator of the Breast Cancer Weight Loss study.
Active Medicine: How Children's Hospitals Support Weight Management
U.S. News & World Report, 06.27.16
Born at 10 pounds and 13 ounces, Gigi Eisenstein of Philadelphia had been a robust baby. But when her weight was still outpacing her height at her 6-year check-up, the pediatrician referred her parents to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. There, in consultations every six weeks or so including a medical evaluation and dietary, behavioral and fitness counseling, the family has learned ways to prepare healthier meals together and squeeze more physical activity into their day. Now Gigi and her sister and parents sub baked zucchini sticks for French fries, eat seconds of vegetables only and walk the dog each night as a family. Gigi, 10, has seen her body mass index drop from 24 to 21. (Nineteen is ideal.) “I used to be the snack mom—I always had something for the girls to eat,” says Sarah Eisenstein, Gigi’s mom. “Now I tell them ‘I know you’re hungry, but you’ll be OK until we get home and make lunch.’ ”
To Do Better in School, Kids Should Exercise Their Bodies As Well As Their Brains, Experts Say
The Los Angeles Times, 06.27.16
Attention parents: If you’d like to see your kids do better in school, have them close their books, set down their pencils and go outside to play. That’s the latest advice from an international group of experts who studied the value of exercise in school-age kids. “Physical activity before, during and after school promotes scholastic performance in children and youth,” according to a new consensus statement published Monday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Weight Loss Surgery Helps Keep Pounds off 10 Years Later
Reuters, 06.24.16
Ten years after gastric-bypass weight-loss surgery, patients in a recent study had managed to keep off much of the weight they’d lost. Even more important, they also saw reductions in other medical problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint diseases and problems breathing while asleep, said Dr. J. Hunter Mehaffey.
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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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