How to Address High Obesity Rates
According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2018 State of Obesity report, obesity among American adults and children remains at an all-time high. According to the most recent national survey data, nearly 40 percent of American adults and 18.5 percent of children ages two to 19 are considered obese.
The report also looked at programs designed to curb or reduce weight gain and improve health and found some positive news: studies demonstrate that multi-sector collaborations and innovative policy approaches over sustained periods can achieve reductions in rates of obesity. Based on the impact of programs to date, the authors concluded that federal, state, and local policymakers, healthcare systems, and the food and restaurant sectors all have a role to play. Individuals can help by communicating with lawmakers, employers, restaurants, and food manufacturers to encourage innovative approaches that make it easier for Americans of all ages to eat healthier and be physically active.