Trust for America's Health Initiatives



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.



TFAH Reports

September 2016
The State of Obesity 2016
Better Policies for a Healthier America

April 2016
Investing in America's Health: A State-by-State Look at Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts

December 2015
Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases

November 2015
A Healthy Early Childhood Action Plan: Policies for a Lifetime of Well-being

September 2015
The State of Obesity 2015
Better Policies for a Healthier America

More reports

Latest News

September 22, 2016
Uno de cada cuatro latinos en el estado es obeso

September 18, 2016
OUR VIEW: State's obesity rate doesn't come without costs

September 16, 2016
Our View: Iowa scores poorly on obesity
OurPosition: State would benefit from heightened effort to combat obesity

September 14, 2016
EDITORIAL: Shifting Hutchinson's soft sidewalk stance

September 6, 2016
10 fattest states in America

More public health news

More Headlines from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

April 29, 2009
California Schools Awarded for Early Success in Fitness Challenge

April 29, 2009
Georgia Approves Annual Physical Assessments for Students

April 28, 2009
Arizona Awards School Districts Safe Routes to School Funding

April 27, 2009
Arizona Schools Receive Funding to Participate in USDA Program

April 24, 2009
Nutrition Experts Call for New Category of Low-Calorie Beverages

Policy and Advocacy

For TFAH position statements and letters, congressional hearings, briefings and testimony, and additional policy and advocacy materials, click here

Press Releases

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

January 19, 2016
Trust for America’s Health Statement on Bipartisan Senate Agriculture Committee Compromise on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

January 15, 2016
TFAH Applauds the Obama Administration for Showing Strong Support for Increased Collaboration between the Health and Education Sectors

November 3, 2015
New TFAH Report Focuses on Priority Policies for Reducing Toxic Stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences

October 28, 2015
TFAH Commends President Obama and Congressional Leadership for Securing the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

More press releases


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.

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