Obesity Treatment (S 1184)
Support the treat and
reduce obesity act
Encourage Congress to increase vital access and reimbursement for obesity screening and counseling services.
Obesity is a severe and growing problem in the United States. Adult obesity rates have more than doubled since 1980, and today exceed 30 percent; over the same time period, childhood obesity rates have more than tripled.
The implications of these trends are alarming. Obesity represents a major risk factor for a variety of chronic illnesses, including diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, stroke, heart disease, specific cancers, and arthritis. If the number of obese Americans continues to increase at current rates, half of all Americans will be obese by 2020, and obesity-related medical expenses will reach $344 billion, approximately 21 percent of all health care spending.
Reversing this epidemic will require a cooperative, sustained effort that includes ongoing education, as well as cultural and lifestyle changes. Family physicians can play an important role by providing dietary and exercise counseling, and by educating patients about the health risks that obesity triggers. In the months and years ahead, the AAFP will continue to work with state and federal agencies and others to develop sustainable strategies for fostering healthier lifestyles for all Americans.
- AAFP Letter Supporting FDA trans-fat determination - December 19, 2013(2 page PDF)
- AAFP Letter Supporting the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act - S 1184 - July 10, 2013(1 page PDF)
- Letter Supporting Proposed Nutrition Standards for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program - March 28, 2013 (2 page PDF)
- Letter to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Regarding the Proposed National School Lunch Program Regulation - March 22, 2012(2 page PDF)
- Joint Letter to House Regarding FY 2012 Agriculture FDA Appropriations - June 13, 2011(2 page PDF)
- Letter in Support of CMS Proposal to Cover Intensive Behavior Therapy for Obesity - September 28, 2011(2 page PDF)
- Letter in Support of HHS Million Hearts Initiative - September 7, 2011(3 page PDF)
- Letter to Michelle Obama Regarding Support of the Childhood Obesity Initiative - February 4, 2010(2 page PDF)
- Letter to the FDA Regarding Enforcement of Federal Food Menu Labeling Laws - October 7, 2010(2 page PDF)