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F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future. Jeffrey Levi, PhD Executive Director Congressional Briefing January 26, 2011. Overview. The increasing rates of obesity and persisting disparities represent a significant threat to the nation’s health

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f as in fat how obesity threatens america s future

F as in Fat: How Obesity ThreatensAmerica’s Future

Jeffrey Levi, PhD

Executive Director

Congressional Briefing

January 26, 2011

overview
Overview
  • The increasing rates of obesity and persisting disparities represent a significant threat to the nation’s health
  • While the numbers are discouraging, there is an unprecedented level of public and private engagement in addressing this health challenge
  • To reverse the trend we must expand current obesity-prevention efforts and integrate obesity prevention into all relevant policies – from health care to housing and transportation
obesity persists as a national threat
Obesity Persists as a National Threat
  • Adult obesity rates continue to rise
  • Child and adolescent rates are stable, but significant
  • Disparities by race, income, and geography persist
adult obesity continues to rise
Adult Obesity Continues to Rise
  • More than two-thirds of states (38) have obesity rates above 25%
obesity threatens youth
Obesity Threatens Youth
  • 12 million children and adolescents are obese
disparities in obesity persist
Disparities in Obesity Persist
  • Racial, ethnic, income, and regional disparities continue to persist
    • Black and Latino rates were higher than Whites in at least 40 states
    • 10 out of the 11 states with highest rates were in the South
    • 35.3% of adults earning less than $15,000/year were obese, compared with 24.5% of adults earning $50,000 or more/year
removing barriers to healthy choices
Removing Barriers to Healthy Choices
  • Ready access to affordable healthy food
  • Ready access to safe places to be physically active
  • Integrating physical activity into school and work settings
  • Improving food choices in schools and at work
  • Access to health services that address obesity
fighting childhood obesity a worthwhile investment
Fighting Childhood Obesity a Worthwhile Investment
  • 73% of Americans believe fighting childhood obesity is a worthwhile investment
    • 58% say it is a very important priority
  • 56% support expanded investment in anti-obesity programs, even if it costs billions of $
  • 61% believe childhood obesity is a problem we can solve in a generation
    • Views cross party lines and geographic lines
several major efforts
Several Major Efforts
  • Let’s Move – creating a social movement
  • White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity
  • Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW)
    • Focus on communities creating coalitions to address obesity
  • Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act
    • Nutritional standards in schools
new opportunities
New Opportunities
  • Prevention and Public Health Fund
      • Legislation specifies focus on obesity factors
        • Expansion of CPPW
        • Community Transformation Grants
        • Expansion and realignment of obesity-related CDC grants
  • Other Affordable Care Act Initiatives
    • CHIPRA childhood obesity demonstration
    • Coverage standards
    • Nutrition labeling
new opportunities cont
New Opportunities (Cont.)
  • National Prevention Strategy – thinking across silos (Health in All Policies)
  • FDA review of front-of-package labeling
  • Surface Transportation Reauthorization
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act
  • Farm bill
maintaining the momentum
Maintaining the Momentum
  • It will take a sustained effort to reverse a problem that has built over several generations
  • We see major new initiatives across levels of government and in the private sector
    • The public supports and believes in these investments
    • Increasing public investment through the Prevention Fund
    • Reassessing and re-evaluating policies and programs as we learn what works
for further information
For Further Information
  • Please visit our health reform website at: http://healthyamericans.org/health-reform/
  • The full text of F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America\'s Future 2010 is available at: http://healthyamericans.org/reports/obesity2010/
  • Feel free to contact Jeff Levi, Executive Director, at [email protected] if you have any further questions
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