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.


Workshops Hosted by the Campaign to End Obesity


Treating and Preventing Obesity- Lessons for the Government from the Private Market Place
February 4th, 2014

This briefing will review the steps taken by the private insurance marketplace, highlight the gaps that exist between those services covered under private insurance and those covered under public plans, as well as identify any lessons the Federal Government can learn from the private payers.  From this, participants will discuss what, if any, policy proposals exist to address these gaps and shortcomings. Potential questions to be considered include:

- What is the private payer marketplace doing to combat the obesity epidemic in America?
-What is driving these coverage determination for the payer marketplace?
-What gaps exist between private and public insurance coverage for the treatment and prevention of obesity?
-How can policymakers address these gaps to ensure access to the full array of obesity prevention and treatment services?

CONCLUSION:  What lessons can policymakers learn from and help advance to improve the care, treatment, and prevention of obesity in America?     


Preventing and Treating Obesity in the Primary Care Setting
September12th, 2013

This workshop will review the science behind obesity, evidence-based weight loss therapies, as well as identify and discuss challenges faced by primary care physicians face when taking with and developing weight loss plan for a patient. From this, participant will discuss best practices and lessons that can be derived from successful intervention and policy opportunities to ensure that more Americans have access to highly-trained medical professionals to help them on their journey to a healthy weight. Potential questions to be considered include:

What Challenges Exist to Primary Care-Based Obesity Interventions?
-What guidance or curriculum exists for medical students about treating, identifying and diagnosing obesity?
-What incentives exist for medical professional to treat patients for obesity?
-Are primary care physicians appropriately trained to treat obesity in their patients?
-What training do physicians currently receive in talking to and treating obesity in their patients?

CONCLUSION: What best practices can policymakers learn from and help advance to improve care, treatment, and prevention of obesity in the primary care setting?

The Role of Tax Policy in Addressing America's Obesity Epidemic Part I/II
February 4, 2013 and March 13, 2013

This workshop series will take a deeper-dive into ways to not only expand traditional public health responses but also explore new opportunities such as tax policy measures, as potential approaches to reverse the current obesity epidemic in the United States. Items for discussion:

- New Markets Tax Credit
-Workplace Health Improvement Program
-Manufacturing Tax Deductions
-Accelerated Depreciation of Certain Assets for Entities


The Health and Economic Value of Incremental Weight Loss
December 12, 2012

This workshop will review the benefits from an economic and health outcomes prospective-- of weight loss as well as explore evidence-based programs, therapies and interventions that help Americans achieve better health outcomes. Potential questions to be considered include:

What are the Health and Economic Outcomes of Weight Loss?
-What do clinicians consider to be meaningful, significant weight loss?
-How do we measure success of obesity therapies and treatments?
-What are the health outcomes and/or economic benefits of incremental weight loss?

What Does Science Tell Us About Evidence-Based, Effective Interventions to Achieve Significant/Meaningful Weight Loss?
-What strategies exist to help an individual achieve and maintain significant weight loss?
-What tools exist for clinicians and community leaders to help their patients, students, parents, children achieve positive health outcomes via weight loss?
-What hurdles exist in providing these therapies and intervention to American adults and children?
-What is the appropriate role of community-based obesity intervention in combating obesity?

CONCLUSION: What is the role of federal policy in facilitating these therapies/interventions?

Assessing the Economics of Obesity and Obesity Interventions
March 21, 2012

This workshop will feature former Bush Administration health and economic officials regarding the economic imperative of addressing the obesity epidemic. They will also address the challenges posed by the Congressional Budget Office's scoring process as it relates to prevention and budget scoring adjustments needed to be more adequately capture the costs and potential savings of obesity interventions.


Dollars and Sense: What Economic Incentives Work to Address Obesity
December 5, 2011

This workshop will feature experts from academia, public health, and industry to discuss what kinds of incentives  are most effective in promoting and supporting healthy choices and what role the government can play in advancing models that work. Investments in the prevention of obesity have demonstrated returns on investment, and as such are a viable way for the government to address the rising costs of health care. 
Potential questions to be considered are:

-What health behaviors are triggered by economic changes?
-Do farm subsides make a difference?
-What works in the workplace?
-Can tax policy drive physical activity?

Fact vs. Fiction: The Truth About Obesity in America
July 14, 2011

This workshop will highlight and discuss the many complex, environmental, genetic, and physiological and other considerations that constitute an individual's weight as well as the potential health benefits of weight loss. Potential questions to be considered are:

What are the main contributors to overweight and obesity?
-What are some of the common myths associated with overweight and obesity?
-What are some potential catalysts for the treatment of overweight and obesity?
-What factors contribute to overweight and obesity?

What are meaningful and significant intervention for overweight and obesity?
-What is considered "meaningful weight loss"?
-What does a comprehensive obesity treatment program entail?
-What role does public policy play in facilitating behavioral interventions for person with obesity?
-What is the appropriate role of lawmakers in preventing obesity among children and adults in America?

CONCLUSION: How Do These Attitudes/Misconceptions Affect Public Policy in the United States?


The Intersection of Obesity Policy and Science
November 16, 2010

This workshop will review the science behind obesity and overweight from birth to adulthood. Potential questions to be considered:

What does Science Say About Unhealthy Weight Gain in Infants and Children?
-What are early indicators for obesity in infants and children>
-What steps can be taken during infancy to avoid unhealthy weight gain?
-What are the main causes and influences for overweight and obesity in children?
-What is the role of parents and physicians in diagnosing, preventing and treating overweight and obesity?
-What are the long term effect if childhood obesity is not treated?

What Does the Science Tell Us About Diagnosing, Preventing and Treating Adult Overweight and Obesity?
-What issues contribute to an adult's overweight or obesity?
-What is the role of physicians in diagnosing and treating overweight and obesity?
-What is the role of pharmaceutical and surgical interventions in treating overweight and obesity?

CONCLUSION: What is the Role of Federal Policy in Adopting these Innovations?


Preventing and Tackling Obesity in Minority Communities
December 10, 2009

This workshop will identify promising policies for addressing obesity in vulnerable communities. Experts from public health and industry will discuss replicable strategies for improving access to nutritious foods, enhancing opportunities for physical activities and expanding community initiatives to prevent or reverse obesity in minority populations.

Federal-State Workshop on Obesity Prevention and Treatment
March 20, 2009

This workshop will highlight programs in states and communities in the areas of school-based initiatives, community based initiatives, and coverage and treatment models. Potential questions to be considered are:

-What are successful elements of these programs?
-What lessons and initiatives can federal policy makers adapt for national purposes?
-How can we craft workable federal policies that will encourage the spread of the successful elements of these initiatives?


A Call to Action: What Can Congress do to Address the Obesity Epidemic in 2008 and Beyond
May 16, 2008

This workshop will identify specific policy opportunities for Congress to address the obesity epidemic and speak with leading health and fitness organizations about how to improve health outcomes.



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