Obesity in the U.S.

Obesity in the U.S.

A new study warns that half of all adults in the U.S. will be obese by 2030. Diane and guests look at what a looming obesity crisis could mean for health and health care costs in America.

It’s no secret that Americans are getting fatter. Nearly one hundred million people in the U.S. are obese, Based on current trends more than half of all adults in U-S will be obese by 2030, and with this increase in obesity comes an uptick in serious health problems including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The rise in obesity will also put enormous new strains on our health system - and perhaps most especially, Medicare. Join us for a discussion of the health and health care challenges of obesity, new research on weight loss, and why some say government leadership on this issue is essential.

Guests

Kevin Hall

senior investigator,
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health

Maya Rockeymoore

president and CEO, Global Policy Solutions
director, Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Kenneth Thorpe

professor and chair, graduate faculty
Health Policy and Management
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University

Claire Wang

assistant professor, Department of Health Policy & Management, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

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