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Evidence and Next Steps for Preventing and Addressing Obesity

The prevalence, health consequences, and cost of obesity in the United States are well-documented. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese and approximately 17 percent of U.S. children are obese—triple the amount since 1980. Many initiatives are currently underway to address this crisis. Many diverse initiatives are currently underway to address this crisis, but the complicated, multi-factorial etiology of obesity requires a comprehensive approach to prevention that coordinates health care and public health efforts with broader community and public strategies. To discuss the current state of evidence for both obesity prevention and obesity reduction strategies and its implications for policy initiatives moving forward, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings hosted today an event on “Evidence and Next Steps for Preventing and Addressing Obesity.”

Joining in the discussion was Dr. Thomas Frieden, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, along with academic researchers, senior thought leaders, and policymakers who provided further discussion on actionable next steps and replicable strategies to effectively prevent and address obesity in communities across the United States.


Opening Remarks: Current State of Obesity - Evidence and Innovative Prevention Solutions - in the United States


Elements of Designing Systematic Strategies for Obesity Reduction and Prevention Programs

Christina Economos

Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Medical School - Tufts University

Concluding Remarks


Overcoming Challenges for Tracking and Monitoring Progress on Obesity Reduction and Prevention Interventions

Next Steps for Action: Advancing Policy Recommendations with Evidence-Based Solutions


William Dietz

Director, Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness - Milken Institute of Public Health, George Washington University

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