An infographic providing interesting facts about America's obesity epidemic and the impact on the economy, health, and the military.
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By Colleen L. Barry, Ph.D., M.P.P., Sarah E. Gollust, Ph.D., and Jeff Niederdeppe, Ph.D.
"If people think obesity is all about individuals and parents making bad choices, they will be much less likely to embrace changes in schools, communities and food marketing practices aimed at creating healthier environments," - Colleen L. Barry, Ph.D., M.P.P.
The Institute of Medicine has laid out a clear and compelling vision for accelerating change on obesity prevention, and its recommendations are too important to rely on the hope that public awareness of the obesity crisis alone will catalyze change. Comprehensive, evidence-based communication campaigns, along with grassroots community mobilization, cross-sector advocacy, political champions, and a favorable political environment, are needed to accelerate the transition from vision to action.
Read the report online for free: http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13275
Worldwide, obesity more than doubled between 1980 and 2008. More than 1.4 billion adults—one out of every five—in 2008 were overweight. One out of every ten was obese.
Of the 1.4 billion overweight adults (defined as 20 and older) recorded in 2008, over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese.
65 percent of the world's population lives in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than do factors related to underweight.
More than 40 million children under the age of five were overweight in 2010. Once considered a high-income country problem, overweight and obesity are now on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings.
At least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. In addition, 44 percent of the diabetes burden, 23 percent of the ischemic heart disease burden and between 7 and 41 percent of certain cancer burdens are attributable to being overweight and obese.
Many low- and middle-income countries are now facing a "double burden" of disease. While they continue to deal with the problems of infectious disease and undernutrition, they are experiencing a rapid upsurge in noncommunicable disease risk factors such as being overweight and obese, particularly in urban settings.
It is not uncommon to find undernutrition and obesity existing side-by-side in the same country, the same community or the same household.
Download the Health Equity Obesity Resource Toolkit here: http://www.centertrt.org/content/docs/Health_Equity/HealthEquityObesityToolkit_07_25_12_FINAL_508_compliant.pdf
The goal is to increase the capacity of state health departments and their partners to work with and through communities to implement effective responses to obesity in populations that are facing health disparities. The Toolkit's primary focus is on how to create policy, systems, and environmental changes that will reduce obesity disparities and achieve health equity.
The Toolkit can be found on the Center for Training and Research Translation's (Center TRT) website, www.centertrt.org,click on Health Equity tab.
Coming this spring will be a web-based training to compliment the Toolkit. This training will: (1) inform States, communities and their partners on the purpose and use of the toolkit; (2) orient practitioners on the range of specific approaches and interventions for disparate populations; and (3) assist in the selection and integration of interventions with appropriate environmental and policy strategies and approaches into existing programs or the implementation of new programs to achieve health equity.
Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) advances health policy and systems change with a health equity focus.