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Supplement to “F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America, 2009” Obesity-Related Legislation Action in States, Update
file icon Shape Up Shelby Montanahot!Tooltip 07/19/2010 Hits: 2334
The policy and environmental changes evolving in Shelby, MT to combat obesity at the population level are making the town the site of a natural experiment.
The rise in obesity in the United States may slow or even reverse the
long-term trend of increasing life expectancy. Like many risk factors for disease,
obesity results from behavior and shows a social gradient. Especially among
women, obesity is more common among lower-income individuals, those with
less education, and some ethnic/racial minorities.
How obesity policies are failing in America
file icon F as in Fat Full Report 2010hot!Tooltip 07/23/2010 Hits: 2653
The obesity epidemic is harming the health of millions of Americans,
contributing significantly to skyrocketing health care costs and threatening
the country’s productivity. Two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese,1 and
nearly one third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese.2 The current
economic downturn is likely to push these numbers even higher as rising prices
and constrained incomes make it more difficult for families to buy healthy foods.
A Guide for Local and State Leaders Working to Create Healthy Communities and Prevent Childhood Obesity