We Will Reverse the Epidemic of Childhood Obesity – Report


An excerpt from the report:

In 1965, 43 percent of us smoked cigarettes.17
Today only 20.9 percent of us light up.18
In 1982, drunk drivers killed about 22,000 people.
In 2005, the toll had fallen to just over 12,000.19
In 1983, only 24 percent of us used seatbelts.20
Today 82 percent of us buckle up.21
These statistics tell a story of radical transformations in
individual behavior that were impossible to achieve without
simultaneous policy, social and cultural change.

The lives saved are countless and the misery avoided is incalculable,
all because the country chose to change to survive.
Now it is time to do it again, and the stakes are even higher.
When David Satcher was Surgeon General, he said,
“Overweight and obesity may soon cause as much preventable
disease and death as cigarette smoking.”22
A controversial prophesy, certainly, but one America cannot
afford to ignore. The growing body of evidence is too powerful.


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