My moment of truth came at an amuse­ment park with my kids.  We were wait­ing on line for the big roller coast­er and I real­ized that I wouldn’t fit behind the safe­ty bar.  I was beside myself and had to call my hus­band to take my place.  I had nev­er been more dev­as­tat­ed but took a long look at myself. 

I decid­ed it was time to make a change and get health­i­er.  I joined a gym and start­ed a weight loss pro­gram.  Every day is a strug­gle and I am far from my goal. My kids are proud of me.  I hope I can keep up the fight.

IN 2016, THE U.S. EXPERIENCED

93
Mil­lion Amer­i­cans effect­ed each year by obe­si­ty
300
Bil­lion dol­lars spent each year on med­ical costs of obe­si­ty
2000
High­er med­ical cost than those of nor­mal weight
51
Of peo­ple will suf­fer obe­si­ty by 2030
Celia – Age 32 – Buffalo, New York

Celia – Age 32 – Buffalo, New York

Obe­si­ty

Georgia – Age 40 – Raleigh, North Carolina

Georgia – Age 40 – Raleigh, North Carolina

Obe­si­ty

Freddy – Age 70 – Barrington, Rhode Island

Freddy – Age 70 – Barrington, Rhode Island

Obe­si­ty

Brian – Age 15 – Bismarck, North Dakota

Brian – Age 15 – Bismarck, North Dakota

Obe­si­ty

Resources and Links

Obe­si­ty pre­ven­tion-relat­ed rec­om­men­da­tions, reports, and oth­er resources from nation­al and inter­na­tion­al gov­ern­ment agen­cies, aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions, and non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions.

 

Obesity Background

Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tionOver­weight and Obe­si­ty

U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­tureWeight and Obe­si­ty

U.S. Depart­ment of Health and Human Ser­vicesHealthy Peo­ple 2020: Nutri­tion and Weight Sta­tus

Euro­pean Com­mis­sionNutri­tion and Phys­i­cal Activ­i­ty – Pol­i­cy

World Health Orga­ni­za­tion (WHO)Glob­al Strat­e­gy on Diet, Phys­i­cal Activ­i­ty and Health

WHO Euro­pean Data­base on Nutri­tion, Obe­si­ty and Phys­i­cal Activ­i­ty (NOPA)About NOPA

Obesity Research Centers

Children’s Hos­pi­tal Boston –New Bal­ance Foun­da­tion Obe­si­ty Pre­ven­tion Cen­ter

Deakin Uni­ver­si­ty, Aus­traliaWHO Col­lab­o­rat­ing Cen­ter for Obe­si­ty Pre­ven­tion

Har­vard School of Pub­lic Health

Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion for the Study of Obe­si­tyInter­na­tion­al Obe­si­ty Task Force

Louisiana State Uni­ver­si­ty –Pen­ning­ton Bio­med­ical Research Cen­ter

Robert Wood John­son Foun­da­tion –Active Liv­ing Research | Healthy Eat­ing Research

Uni­ver­si­ty of North Car­oli­na at Chapel Hill

Yale Uni­ver­si­ty –Yale Rudd Cen­ter for Food Pol­i­cy & Obe­si­ty

Obesity Prevention Programs and Campaigns

Alliance for a Health­i­er Gen­er­a­tion

Har­vard School of Pub­lic Health

Insti­tute of Med­i­cine and HBO Doc­u­men­tary Films

Let’s Move

Nation­al Ini­tia­tive for Children’s Health­care Qual­i­ty (NICHQ)

Out of School Nutri­tion and Phys­i­cal Activ­i­ty Ini­tia­tive (OSNAP)

Part­ner­ship for a Health­i­er Amer­i­ca

The Cam­paign to End Obe­si­ty

Today I Will (The Coop­er Insti­tute)

UNC Gillings School of Glob­al Pub­lic Health

Obesity Prevention Reports and Recommendations

Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion

Insti­tute of Med­i­cine

Oth­er U.S. Gov­ern­ment

The Cam­paign to End Obe­si­tyAssess­ing the Eco­nom­ics of Obe­si­ty and Obe­si­ty Inter­ven­tions (2012)

Trust for America’s Health

Euro­pean Com­mis­sion –Strat­e­gy on Nutri­tion, Over­weight and Obe­si­ty-relat­ed Health Issues

World Health Orga­ni­za­tion (WHO)Glob­al Strat­e­gy on Diet, Phys­i­cal Activ­i­ty and Health

Journals and Books

Inter­na­tion­al Jour­nal of Obe­si­ty

Obe­si­ty

Hu, FBObe­si­ty Epi­demi­ol­o­gy. Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2008.

Gill­man, MWMater­nal Obe­si­ty. Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2012.

Professional Associations

Aus­tralian & New Zealand Obe­si­ty Soci­ety

Euro­pean Asso­ci­a­tion for the Study of Obe­si­ty

Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion for the Study of Obe­si­ty

The Obe­si­ty Soci­ety