Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Food and Nutrition, Public Health, Children and Families
Board: Food and Nutrition Board

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Nearly 34 percent of U.S. adults and 17 percent of U.S. children are obese.  Obesity is associated with increased disability, disease, and death and has substantial health, economic, and social costs.  In 2005, The IOM brought a fresh perspective about the causes and consequences of, and potential solutions to, the growing obesity epidemic through Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance. The IOM’s work on combating obesity has expanded since that time and the IOM has made a series of recommendations on obesity prevention actions, programs, and policies.

In this new study the IOM is reviewing the progress made in implementing these and other recommendations to prevent obesity. Based on its findings, the IOM will recommend critical steps for the nation that will lead to significant progress in preventing obesity over the next decade.

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