F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Health

Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the ninth edition to the annual report F as in Fat, which examines the state of obesity in the US.  The report includes an analysis that forecasts 2030 adult obesity rates in each state and the likely resulting rise in obesity-related disease rates and health care costs. 

http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2012/09/f-as-in-fat--how-obesity-threatens-america-s-future-2012.html

Prescriptions as Incentives to Purchase Produce

Last month Unity Health Care Upper Cardozo in Washington, DC, began writing prescriptions for $1 per family member per day to be spent at any of five participating District farmers markets. Similar incentive programs are gaining popularity nationally.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/districts-needy-get-fruit-and-vegetable-rx/2012/06/18/gJQA8B3vnV_story.html

Report Lots to Lose: How America's Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens Our Economic Future

A bipartisan group of former U.S. cabinet secretaries released a comprehensive and actionable plan to improve America's physical and fiscal crises. Former Secretaries of Agriculture Dan Glickman and Ann M. Veneman and former Secretaries of Health and Human Services Donna E. Shalala and Mike Leavitt released the recommendations, calling needed attention to mounting health care spending, which is expected to reach $4.6 trillion dollars annually by 2020 and consume 19.8 percent of GDP.

http://bipartisanpolicy.org/projects/lotstolose

The Health Care Costs of Obesity

According to a report by Trust for America’s Health, obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and health care costs in the country. Reducing obesity rates by 5 percent could lead to more than $29 billion in health care savings over five years, $158.1 billion in 10 years, and $611.7 billion in 20 years.

http://healthyamericans.org/assets/files/TFAH%202012ObesityBrief06.pdf