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.

New Study:  The Economic Impact of Healthier School Lunches

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New Release: The New Markets Tax Credit: Opportunities for Investment in
 Healthy Foods and Physical Activity

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 April 2013: Study Shows CBO Scoring Misses Billions of Dollars in Potential Long-Term Savings from Effective Obesity Prevention Policies
Longer-term scoring would more accurately reflect costs and savings

March 2012: Study Shows Importance of Calculating
Full Cost Savings of Chronic Disease Prevention
In face of rising obesity-related health costs, economists warn of crippling expenses, recommend 25-year window for scoring legislative proposals


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