This report examines obesity trends in the United States, including state and federal policies aimed at preventing or reducing obesity in children and adults. The federal government, states, and communities around the country have taken action to address the obesity epidemic, but -- even before the precipitous economic downturn -- these actions were constrained due to limited resources. These policies and programs address factors such as the availability or affordability of healthy food; the safety and accessibility of parks; the amount of time students get for physical activity; and the nutritional quality of school lunches. These efforts are aimed at helping make healthy choices easier for Americans. The report examines many promising programs and efforts to reverse the obesity epidemic. It also reviews the negative consequences if this epidemic continues. Obesityand disease-prevention programs must be funded at an adequate level to have a significant and long-term impact. Only then will the country realize the fullest possible return on investments aimed at keeping Americans healthy. The report includes recommendations for a National Strategy to Combat Obesity, which provides a range of policies, programs and initiatives that could have a major impact on improving the health of Americans.
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