Study: Health law key to fighting obesity

July 7, 2011
by Sam Baker
The Hill

Obesity rates in the U.S. are skyrocketing alongside growth in obesity-related illnesses like diabetes, according to a report released Thursday.

The study recommends restoring funding to government anti-obesity programs and drawing from the healthcare reform law's prevention fund, which Republicans have proposed cutting.

Roughly two-thirds of adults, and one-third of children, are overweight or obese, according to the study from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It found that obesity is growing especially fast in certain parts of the country, particularly the South.


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