October 22, 2013

Navigating Obesity: A Road Map for Prevention

Worldwide, obesity rates have nearly doubled since 1980. In the United States, 35.7% of adults are obese. In a 2008 study, medical costs associated with obesity in the United States were estimated at $147 billion.

Americans must care about obesity because healthy citizens are key to our future growth and competitiveness. By reducing obesity, our nation can reduce health care costs, improve educational outcomes, and increase the productivity of our workers and our consumers.

Through its Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation set out to identify a road map for stakeholders involved in preventing obesity. Navigating Obesity: A Road Map for Prevention surveyed leading obesity prevention organizations to compare their approaches, and assess the roles that stakeholders play. This research highlights the commonalities and gaps between these approaches and sets out a unified vision for how stakeholders in the United States should tackle obesity.

Release Date: October 2013