Two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are overweight or obese. Left unchecked, obesity’s effects on health, health care costs, and our productivity as a nation could become catastrophic. The staggering human toll of obesity-related chronic disease and disability, and an annual cost of $190.2 billion for treating obesity-related illness, underscore the urgent need to strengthen prevention efforts in the United States. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked the IOM to identify catalysts that could speed progress in obesity prevention.
- Author: Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention
- Publisher: Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine (IOM)
- Type: Report and Research
- Tags: consumers healthy lifestyle local providers nutrition professionals obesity prevention researchers state providers