The obesity epidemic is one of the country's most serious health problems. Adult obesity rates have doubled since 1980, from 15 to 30 percent, while childhood obesity rates have more than tripled. Rising obesity rates have significant health consequences, contributing to increased rates of more than 30 serious diseases. These conditions create a major strain on the health care system. More than one-quarter of health care costs are now related to obesity.
TFAH continues to issue annual reports to track obesity trends and policies. We conclude that the country is failing to address the obesity crisis with the urgency it deserves.
The State of Obesity 2017
Better Policies for a Healthier America
November 1, 2017
U.S. Is Many Different Communities When it Comes to Health
Even within a single county, health outcomes for residents can vary widely.
October 4, 2017
Over 50? These Problems Can Sneak Up on You
September 20, 2017
Despite progress, the health of our nationís children is at risk
September 20, 2017
Advocates optimistic as youth obesity rates hold steady
September 19, 2017
Obesity Rates Have Stopped Rising for Young Americans
More Headlines from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
April 29, 2009
Georgia Approves Annual Physical Assessments for Students
Policy and Advocacy
For TFAH position statements and letters, congressional hearings, briefings and testimony, and additional policy and advocacy materials, click here.
September 19, 2017
National Youth Obesity Rate Holds Steady, New Data Show Three out of 10 youth ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese
August 31, 2017
New Report Finds Progress to Prevent Obesity at Risk Report Provides Recommendations for Actions as Adult Obesity Rates Now Exceed 35 Percent in 5 States
June 20, 2017
Public Health Leaders Make Urgent Joint Call to Protect Prevention and Healthcare Joint Statement from American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Trust for Americaís Health
Selected items from TFAH's Resource Library:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation The foundation has made a huge investment to address childhood obesity in the U.S. - $500 million. Their website has links to a wide range of obesity resources and research.
American Diabetes Association The American Diabetes Association is fighting against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; and provides information.
American Obesity Society The Obesity Society is one of the leading scientific societies dedicated to the study of obesity. Since its foundation in 1982, The Obesity Society has been committed to encouraging research on the causes and treatment of obesity, and to keeping the medical community and public informed of new advances.
Campaign to End Obesity Through engagement with and education of policymakers, public awareness initiatives and collaborative programs between and among leading stakeholders, CEO will work to identify and facilitate the changes needed to battle obesity, perhaps the leading public health emergency facing our nation today.
CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) takes a public health approach to address the role of nutrition and physical activity in improving the public's health and preventing and controlling chronic diseases. The scope of DNPAO activities includes epidemiological and behavioral research, surveillance, training and education, intervention development, health promotion and leadership, policy and environmental change, communication and social marketing, and partnership development.