Ted Kyle, Chair of the Advocacy Committee for The Obesity Society, reflects on the most important developments of 2012 for obesity. He credits the George Washington University Department of Health Policy with helping shift focus toward obesity and health and away from weight loss outcomes through dialogue with experts, advocates, and the FDA.
Myths, misconceptions and misinformation about obesity and weight remain pervasive. These can make an already difficult task – managing weight and health – even more challenging and can fuel weight stigma, which is as pervasive in our society as the myths themselves. Click here to read more.
View Dr. Richard H. Carmona’s, 17th U.S. Surgeon General and the Alliance’s Health and Wellness Chairperson, letter of support for the Essential Health Benefits Task Force recommendations here.
By Morgan Downey, JD
Obesity is a major public health problem and is growing in prevalence and severity. Projections indicate continued growth with strong gender, race and ethnic differences. Morbid obesity is also increasing significantly. Many obstacles have persisted which have impeded effective public policies to address the issue. Health care reform presents unparalleled opportunities to change the approaches to obesity in a way to positively improve individual and public health. Simple solutions will not be adequate; rather, a complete integration of evidence-based interventions into the nation’s health care system is required. Costs will be significant, yet the costs of inaction will be greater. Recommendations are offered for the integration of obesity prevention and intervention measures.