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Obesity conference to send out national guidelines

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Food choices effect obesity in children and adults

Obesity is not only dangerous for your health, but also for your packet. Every third adult American is obese. The childhood obesity rate is one in every five children. An average person, suffering from obesity, spends about $1,400 dollars extra on health care per year, new research shows. Almost 10% of health expenditure in the U.S. are to combat obesity.

The number that the average obese American spends on health care has doubled in the last decade reports CBS.

Now the Centers for Disease Control is taking on the issue of the obesity with a three day meeting called "Weight Of The Nation." It is part of a new push to encourage healthy eating, fitness and physical activity. The former U.S. president Bill Clinton also addressed the meeting comparing obesity epidemic to Titanic. "We are trying to turn a Titanic before it hits the iceberg." president Clinton said.

Joel Brown form CBS said that some doctors think that holding the obesity conference in Washington will help to get the attention of the U.S. lawmakers. The point is that if you want to fix the rising cost of health care and health insurance premiums, you need to address the issue of obesity and its cost on health care.

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America's acting Surgon General Rear Admiral Steven Galson, speaking at the conference, said that the concerning message about the rising cost of obesity is coming from the American people. "They want and they expect a national leadership from Washington," he said, speaking of obesity pandemic in the U.S.

CDC is pushing several programs to combat obesity. Among new programs are to encourage people to eat healthy. Special accent is put on families to combat childhood obesity. A major push by CDC is to make sure that healthy food and beverages are not only available, but also affordable. We know that organic food is always more expensive in our supermarkets. CDC also encourages communities to find new ways to promote physical activity and fitness.

Doctors and experts point to a data as evidence that the "Weight of The Nation" conference on obesity comes at a crucial time. New studies estimate that one third of American adults are obese. Childhood obesity rates are one in every five children. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says in her remarks, addressing the conference today that "The bad news was that over two thirds of American adults - and almost one out of every five American children - are obese or overweight."

The state and the regulators do need to provide leadership in protecting children from unnecessary advertising of unhealthy food. Our children are bombarded by excessive advertising of fast food restaurants, which are usually not considered healthy and contribute to increase of childhood obesity rates. This type of advertising needs to be curbed and regulated. Obesity is a serious national problem and does cost more than health care reform in the long run.

The goal of the three days meeting, focused on obesity, is to identify what this nation can to to combat it. CDC leaders and organizers are hoping that after the conference they can identify the ways that the government and other involved organizations can do to provide help for battling obesity. Then they will send those guidelines out to the doctors nationwide.

Written by Armen Hareyan



I applaud the motives behind the Weight of the Nation Conference, but there are other ways to reduce obesity than addressing diet alone. Exercise is a key component of a healthy lifestyle for everyone, and directly helps to reduce weight. I wish that I were hearing more about how public policy is going to increase the physical activity of Americans. For more about public policy check out this video http://www.newsy.com/videos/the_weight_of_weight