Long-Term View of Youth-Obesity-Prevention Policies Urged

April 23, 2013
by Brian Toporek
Education Week


Certain types of obesity-prevention policies involving children could result in more than $40 billion in lifetime federal savings, suggests a new report from the Campaign to End Obesity.

Author Alex Brill, the CEO of an economic-policy consulting firm called Matrix Global Advisors, urges the Congressional Budget Office to develop the capacity to estimate the cost of obesity-prevention policies over a 75-year period. Now, the CBO typically creates 10-year projections when estimating the costs of proposed federal legislation.


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