If obesity rates continue on their current track, 13 states will have obesity rates above 60 percent by 2030, and all 50 states will be above 44 percent, according to a new report unveiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) this week.
But as researchers note in F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future, the future isn’t set in stone — we have an opportunity to create real change. A reduction in average body mass index (BMI) by just 5 percent by 2030 would allow each state to help thousands of people avoid obesity-related diseases, and save billions of dollars in health care costs.
TFAH’s Executive Director Dr. Jeff Levi and Maddie Ribble, director of policy and communications at the Massachusetts Public Health Association, will discuss ways to use the new report to create healthier communities on an Oct. 22 webinar sponsored by PreventObesity.net.
The duo will talk about the two possible futures presented in the report, and will offer tips for how it can be used to drive change at the local, state and national level. Ribble also will share his experiences using a similar report to create healthier communities in Massachusetts.
The free, 40-minute webinar is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Eastern. PreventObesity.net’s own Zach Brooks is slated to moderate the event.
Participants can also take part on Twitter by using the hashtag #FasinFat.
Click here to register.
Click here to read the F as in Fat report.