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Bipartisan Center Says Physical Activity Needed to Curb Obesity

Earlier this week the fitness industry’s cause was validated once again with the release of report from the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), stating that obesity will eventually bankrupt the U.S., unless policies to address it are enacted. The BPC’s report called on Congress to enact laws that encourage primary prevention. 

In its report, "Lots to Lose: How America's Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future," the Bipartisan Policy Center calls on Congress to enact policies to curb obesity, including educating medical professionals on the benefits of prescribing exercise and proper nutrition.

According to the report, if the U.S. succeeds in stabilizing obesity rates at 2010 levels, the nation would save nearly $550 billion over the next two decades.

"We Americans are a very overweight and unhealthy nation and as a nation we spend $2.6 trillion on healthcare (annually). Those costs are the primary driver of our nations' debt," said Dan Glickman, toHealthcare Finance News. Glickman is co-chair of the BPC’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative. He added that the current level of healthcare spending will "bankrupt our country."

"Some issues are just too important to be partisan and this is clearly one of those issues. We must all take action to beat this threat," Glickman continued. "This is an issue that has cried out for simple solutions in every respect. It's complicated, but it's not so complicated that we can't find ways to deal with it."

Reader Comments (2)

What's New? It is the same old story for the last 50 years. Yes, Exercise and activity are extremely important but they are not the crux or source of the problem. First and foremost is the need to provide the Human Body with its essential requirements. Amongst the most critical are those actions which the Body cannot provide such as consuming enough WATER daily, smaller mouthfuls of food and using all the tools provided (teeth, tongue, cheeks, saliva and enzymes) to chew (masticate) each mouthful to the extreme. Everyone involved in any way with the Human Body & Physiology is fully aware of these needs but they are not taught, emphasized or publisized in any way whatsoever. My website deals with these issues in depth for the benefit of all age groups -
August 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterLionel Phillips
@ Lionel Phillips - yes, treating your body properly is an important part of the solution. Most certainly. There are many causes of obesity, and thus there needs to be more than just one solution. For the fitness industry, the best solution we offer is encouraging people to exercise regularly. But taking care of one's body is also a part of the solution.
August 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterIHRSA

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