Obesity epidemic shows perils to health reform

January 22, 2009
by Debra Sherman

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Even as the Obama administration recognizes obesity as one of the nation's top health threats, any efforts to reform the U.S. healthcare system will likely not go far enough to combat the condition.

Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health, a non-profit group focused on prevention, echoed the view of broad government involvement.

"It's not just the Department of Health and Human Services, it's the Agriculture Department and its food stamps program, school lunch, it's the Education Department in terms of what kind of physical activity occurs in the schools, and it's the Transportation Department and making sure that when we're building roads that we're also making sure we are creating more walkable communities and bike paths," Levi said.

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