National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) Points to Obesity Report as a Sign That the Country Should Focus on Prevention

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The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) urges policymakers to continue to focus on obesity prevention efforts in health care reform as a new report shows that obesity rates continue to increase, affecting 1 in 4 Americans.

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) urges policymakers to continue to focus on obesity prevention efforts in health care reform as a new report shows that obesity rates continue to increase, affecting 1 in 4 Americans.

"We cannot allow obesity rates to continue to increase at this pace, spurring epidemic rates of chronic disease and the world's highest health care costs," said John Robitscher, NACDD Executive Director. "For our nation's health, economic viability and the future health of our children -- a third of whom are overweight or obese and many of whom are suffering from adult-onset chronic illnesses - we must make obesity prevention a top priority as Congress and the President work to fundamentally reform the health care system."

The annual 'F as in Fat' report was released last week by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and details the staggering rates of obesity in the United States while providing recommendations for ways to curb this epidemic. The report found that:

  • In 23 states, adult obesity rates increased over the past year - the rates did not decrease in any state.
  • More than half of the states have an adult obesity rate of more than 25 percent.
  • Childhood obesity is also on the rise - the percentage of overweight and obese children is at or above 30 percent in 30 states.

The report also provided suggestions for policymakers regarding solutions that can help curb the growth in obesity rates. These recommendations, which NACDD also supports, include making obesity prevention and control a high priority of health reform and launching a national strategy to combat obesity.

"Preventing obesity, and developing a strong public health infrastructure to support the programs needed, is vital to creating a healthier, more productive America," said Robitscher. "Our health care system cannot handle the burden of an obese, chronically ill society and our elected officials must focus health reform on ways to reverse this troubling trend."

NACDD is a sponsor of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) inaugural conference on obesity prevention and control, which will be held July 27-29 in Washington, DC.

For more information about the conference, please visit: http://www.chronicdisease.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3821

About the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is a national public health association for chronic disease program directors of each state and U.S. territory. The NACDD works to reduce the impact of chronic diseases on the American population by advocating for preventive policies and programs, encouraging sharing of knowledge and developing partnerships for health promotion. (http://www.chronicdisease.org).

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