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National challenge created by Roy Lachica Monday, August 23, 2010

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Scope

Our scope of inquiry is obesity and overweight levels in all of the USA. We will look at solutions that will begin to have a noticeable effect at least within 5 years. The scope should be all Industrialized nations of the West.

Statistics

  • Among children aged 6-11, obesity increased from 6.5% to 19.6% between 1976-1980 and 2007-2008.
  • Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese (2007-2008).
  • Obesity costs the US economy at least 215 billion dollars a year in direct and indirect impacts including medical expenses and lost productivity.
  • About 73 million adults, or 34% percent of the population, age 20 years and over, were obese in 2007.
  • During the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States.
  • In 2009, only Colorado and the District of Columbia had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%.
  • 130 million are overweight enough to begin experiencing health problems.
  • In 2000 obesity accounted for 112.000 deaths.

The problem

American society has become 'obesogenic,' characterized by environments that promote increased food intake, nonhealthful foods, and physical inactivity.

Focusing question

How can we significantly reduce obesity and overweight in the U.S.?

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