Facing America's Obesity Crisis

Facing America's Obesity Crisis

A new study predicts 42% of American adults will be obese by the year 2030. Diane and her guests discuss efforts to address America's multi-billion dollar public health crisis.

More than one-third of adults in the U.S. and nearly 17 percent of the nation’s children are obese. Obesity’s human toll includes diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers. Relative medical costs of the obese are estimated to be up to 100 percent higher than for Americans of healthy weight. A new report by the Institute of Medicine warns these social and economic costs will increase in the coming years unless we do more to prevent people from becoming overweight -- especially young people. And researchers say a real solution will require leadership from educators to employers to the president. Diane and her guests discuss America’s obesity epidemic.


Barbara Linder

Senior Advisor for Childhood Diabetes Research at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Christina Economos

Director of Child Obesity 180 at the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University. Committee member for Institute of Medicine report, "Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation"

Ross Hammond

Director, Center on Social Dynamics and Policy and
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution

J. Justin Wilson

senior research analyst, Center for Consumer Freedom.

Sylvisha Perry

Subject in Berrie Diabetes Center, Columbia University, site of NIH TODAY Study (Treatment Options for type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth).

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