Obesity is spreading – and eating away at America‘s economy and health. Obesity has risen at an epidemic rate during the past 30 years. The rapid rise in the prevalence of overweight and obesity among all segments of the U.S. population is of grave concern as the health and quality of life of those afflicted plummets and health care costs and societal burdens continue to increase. Obesity is a serious condition that affects people of all ages and socioeconomic groups.
The U.S. Center of Disease Control and Prevention reports that American society has become 'obesogenic,' characterized by environments that promote increased food intake, nonhealthful foods, and physical inactivity. The CDC‘s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) is working to reduce obesity and obesity-related conditions through state programs, technical assistance and training, leadership, surveillance and research, intervention development and evaluation, translation of practice-based evidence and research findings, and partnership development. Policy and environmental change initiatives that make healthy choices in nutrition and physical activity available, affordable, and easy may likely prove most effective in combating obesity.
A Dietitian’s Guide to Obesity