Thursday, September 20, 2012

Obesity rates climbing at alarming rates

Going for a walk
Americans are getting fat, it is undeniable.  An article "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012, notes how if things don't change, over half of all Americans will be obese by the year 2030. This would result in a rise of obesity-related disease rates and corresponding spike in health care costs.

In order to curb our nation's growing weight problem the following recommendations were made:

  • Fully implement the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, by implementing the new school meal standards and updating nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages in schools;
  • Protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund;
  • Increase investments in effective, evidence-based obesity-prevention programs;
  • Fully implement the National Prevention Strategy and Action Plan;
  • Make physical education and physical activity a priority in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act;
  • Finalize the Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children Guidelines;
  • Fully support healthy nutrition in federal food programs; and
  • Encourage full use of preventive health care services and provide support beyond the doctor’s office. 
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