The obesity epidemic is one of the country's most serious health problems. Adult obesity rates have doubled since 1980, from 15 to 30 percent, while childhood obesity rates have more than tripled. Rising obesity rates have significant health consequences, contributing to increased rates of more than 30 serious diseases. These conditions create a major strain on the health care system. More than one-quarter of health care costs are now related to obesity.
TFAH continues to issue annual reports to track obesity trends and policies. We conclude that the country is failing to address the obesity crisis with the urgency it deserves.
Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases
The State of Obesity 2015
Better Policies for a Healthier America
June 20, 2016
More money needed for public health in Ohio
June 7, 2016
America's Obesity Epidemic Hits a New High
More Headlines from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
April 29, 2009
Georgia Approves Annual Physical Assessments for Students
Policy and Advocacy
For TFAH position statements and letters, congressional hearings, briefings and testimony, and additional policy and advocacy materials, click here.
September 21, 2015
New Report Finds 23 of 25 States with Highest Rates of Obesity are in the South and Midwest Obesity rates at or above 30 percent in 42 states for Blacks, 30 states for Latinos, 13 states for Whites
Selected items from TFAH's Resource Library:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation The foundation has made a huge investment to address childhood obesity in the U.S. - $500 million. Their website has links to a wide range of obesity resources and research.
State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America The State of Obesity is the 12th annual report produced by TFAH and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with support by a grant from RWJF. This edition includes annual rates and rankings of adult obesity and obesity rate trends by ethnicity, region, age, gender, education and income.
The Prevention and Public Health Fund: For A Healthier America Prevention saves lives, reduces health care costs, and makes the country a healthier, more productive place. More than half of Americans live with at least one serious preventable health condition, like diabetes or heart disease, which forces taxpayers to spend billions of dollars a year on health care. And, today’s children are in danger of becoming the first generation in American history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. The Prevention and Public Health Fund enables communities around the country to invest in proven strategies to improve health. That’s why the Fund has the support of more than 760 national, state and local organizations.
American Diabetes Association The American Diabetes Association is fighting against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; and provides information.
American Obesity Society The Obesity Society is one of the leading scientific societies dedicated to the study of obesity. Since its foundation in 1982, The Obesity Society has been committed to encouraging research on the causes and treatment of obesity, and to keeping the medical community and public informed of new advances.