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.

Five steps you can take to help reverse the obesity epidemic.

1. Learn the facts. Obesity is extremely common and its causes are complex. The Campaign gives you information about obesity’s unsustainable costs and policy solutions to promote healthy weight. Learn more about our priorities here.

2. Know your BMI (body mass index). Like blood pressure, BMI is a vital sign -- the simplest, clearest measurement of healthy weight. Use tools from the National Institutes of Health to track your BMI and talk to your doctor about your results.

3. Stay informed. Sign up for our weekly Obesity News Summary and Action Alerts. Stay current on the issues and our progress. (Get ideas for promoting healthy weight at home, too.)

4. Get Involved. Our email alerts let you know about important policies to help America get on track to a healthy weight. We’ll give you simple tools to help you promote a healthier America. You can also contact us directly.

5. Support the Campaign to End Obesity. Our work is made possible through your tax-deductible contributions. Help us advance America’s journey to healthy weight.

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