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.
Special Issue Brief: Obesity Rates Among WIC Children
The State of Obesity 2016
Better Policies for a Healthier America
Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases
December 9, 2016
Life expectancy dips in U.S. in '15 for first time since '93
December 8, 2016
Senate Passes Sweeping 21st Century Cures Act Funding Medicine
December 7, 2016
Senate sends far-ranging medical cures bill to Obama's desk
December 7, 2016
Passage of Cures Act comes at expense of preventive health funding
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.
November 17, 2016
Obesity Rates Among Young Children from Low-Income Families Declined in 31 States Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America’s Health Highlight Signs of Progress Among WIC Participants, but Emphasize Obesity Rates Remain Too High
September 1, 2016
New Report Finds Adult Obesity Rates Decreased in Four States Obesity Rates Remain High: 25 States have Adult Obesity Rates above 30 Percent
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.
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.
Campaign to End Obesity Through engagement with and education of policymakers, public awareness initiatives and collaborative programs between and among leading stakeholders, CEO will work to identify and facilitate the changes needed to battle obesity, perhaps the leading public health emergency facing our nation today.
CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) takes a public health approach to address the role of nutrition and physical activity in improving the public's health and preventing and controlling chronic diseases. The scope of DNPAO activities includes epidemiological and behavioral research, surveillance, training and education, intervention development, health promotion and leadership, policy and environmental change, communication and social marketing, and partnership development.