TFAH and RWJF’s Congressional Briefing on F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future

September 18, 2013

For the past three decades, obesity rates in America have increased substantially. This report, by contrast, finds that adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for one in the past year.  This follows a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this month, which shows 18 states and one U.S. territory experienced a decline in obesity rates among preschool children from low-income families. In addition, several counties, cities, and states have recently reported declining childhood obesity rates.

This briefing highlighted the key findings and recommendations of F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future.


  • Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D., Executive Director, Trust for America’s Health
  • James S. Marks, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Health Group, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Honorable Toby Barker, Mississippi House of Representatives, (R-District 102)
  • Lisa M. Harrison, Health Director, Granville-Vance District Health Department, North Carolina