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.

Foundation Throws $1B Into Fight Against Child Obesity
Politico Pro, 02.05.15
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is committing an additional $500 million to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic, bringing their total commitment to $1 billion. The investment will extend through 2025 with a renewed focus on research into pre-K years and the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages.

New York Times: Margaret Hamburg, F.D.A. Commissioner, Stepping Down
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/06/health/margaret-hamburg-fda-commissioner-stepping-down.html?_r=0, 02.05.15
Margaret Hamburg, the F.D.A. Commissioner announced that she will be stepping down after six years of service.

Researchers Say When You Eat Each Day May Be Critical to Weight Loss
http://www.wsj.com/articles/researchers-say-when-you-eat-each-day-may-be-crucial-to-weight-loss-1422901628?KEYWORDS=obesity, 02.02.15
A new study from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies finds that time-restricted eating may play a critical role in weight loss.

Light Jogging May Be the Key to Long Life, Study Finds
Huffington Post, 02.03.15
Researchers have found that too much physical activity does more harm than good. Instead, light jogging is best when it comes to a long life.



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