-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- The United States' progress
against the battle of the bulge has been slow, but certain
strategies could speed obesity prevention efforts, a new report
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) on Tuesday outlined five
recommendations with the greatest potential to prevent obesity.
Those recommendations come not a moment too soon: On Monday, the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released startling
statistics on obesity that predicted 42 percent (or 32 million more
people) of the American population would be obese by 2030, while 11
percent would be severely obese. The price tag for the associated
health care costs: $550 billion.
The IOM strategies include: integrating physical activity into
people's daily lives; making healthy food and beverage choices
available everywhere; changing marketing about nutrition and
physical activity; using schools to promote healthy weight; and
urging employers and health care professionals to support healthy
The committee that wrote the report assessed more than 800
obesity-prevention recommendations and identified those that could
be used together most effectively to accelerate obesity
Specific strategies include:
"As the trends show, people have a very tough time achieving healthy weights when inactive lifestyles are the norm, and inexpensive, high-calorie foods and drinks are readily available 24 hours a day," report committee chairman Dan Glickman, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said in an IOM news release.
"Individuals and groups can't solve this complex problem alone, and that's why we recommend changes that can work together at the societal level and reinforce one another's impact to speed our progress," added Glickman, who also is executive director of congressional programs at the Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C.
The IOM report was released as part of the CDC's Weight of the
Nation conference in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains how
to achieve a
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