The Campaign to End Obesity

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.


The Campaign to End Obesity
Neighborhoods Matter to Kids' Food Choices
MedPage Today, 06.23.16
Children who went near places that sold junk food between home and school were more likely to end up purchasing that junk food, according to a new study that used global positioning system (GPS) technology to track kids' trips for 2 weeks.
Primary Care Physicians Primed to Help Patients Be More Active
Medical Xpress, 06.21.16
Exercise plays a crucial role in being healthy and preventing disease. Because of their close relationship to patients, primary care physicians (PCPs) can act as a catalyst to help people be more active through physical activity counseling; however, doctors often encounter barriers to being able to properly address inactivity. A new paper from The American Journal of Medicine offers PCPs implementable strategies to break down those barriers and help their patients get more exercise.
Diet Habits Improve Among U.S. Adults, But Wide Racial and Economic Gaps Remain
Modern Healthcare, 06.21.16
Progress made over the past decade to improve the eating habits of U.S. adults has not narrowed racial and socioeconomic disparities, according to a new study. Surveys conducted between 1999 and 2012 of self-reported dietary habits of more than 33,000 adults ages 20 and older found the percentage of Americans with what would be deemed as a “poor” diet decreased from 56% to 46% over the study period while the number of those with “intermediate” diets increased from 44% to 53%. The number of adults who were found to have “ideal” diets also increased but slightly from 0.7% to 1.5%.
Changing Economic Conditions Can Affect Children's Weight
Reuters, 06.14.16
During economic slumps, children’s risk of becoming overweight or obese may rise with the unemployment rates in their communities, according to a recent study of California school children.
Bipartisan Funding Bill Proposes Cuts to Programs Fighting Chronic Disease and Racial Health Gaps
Modern Healthcare, 06.10.16
A bipartisan bill that increases funding for the National Institutes of Health and the battle against opioid abuse is considered a big step toward addressing some of the country's most pressing public health emergencies. But the bill also proposes cuts to a number of significant agencies and programs. The bill would cut $112 million from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, dropping it to $1.06 billion. The program, which provides support in tracking chronic diseases and their risk factors as well as offering help for patients to manage and prevent the onset of such conditions, has been key in reducing the rate of teen births and smoking.
More news

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

Click here for additional information

CBO Scoring Misses Billions of Dollars in Potential Long-Term Savings from Effective Obesity Prevention Policies

Click here for additional information.

Read More

To learn more about changes in federal policy that will enable more Americans to eat healthy and be active, as well as those that provide appropriate medical treatment for patients, visit the Campaign to End Obesity Action Fund's website by clicking here.  

* In 2010, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that nearly 20 percent of the increase in U.S. health care spending (from 1987‐2007) was caused by obesity.

* The annual health costs related to obesity in the U.S. are nearly $200 billion, and nearly 21 percent of U.S. medical costs can be attributed on obesity, according to research released by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Sign up for our free Obesity News Summary, published weekly. Stay current on the issues and our progress.

Help us advance America's journey to healthy weight. Make a contribution to the nonprofit Campaign to End Obesity.


More obesity facts   


1341 G St, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20005 202-466-8100
A 501(c)(3) Organization.
©2014 Campaign to End Obesity