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Why Obesity?

Obesity is a deadly disease that affects 47% of Americans and on average shortens life span by 15 years. It is bigger than what we put in our mouths. Obesity is also about the way we live as people and the options available to us. Obesity is about the way we value steak and potatoes over salmon and salad. It’s about the overwhelming presence of high fructose corn syrup and saturated fats in our food sources.

Obesity friends are just as deadly (show infographic of Obesity and diseases linked to it)

- Diabetes, Stroke, Cancer, Heart Disease, Liver Disease)



How to stop Obesity:

Individual level;

  • Avoid eating bad sugars and fats

  • Get proper sleep & exercise

  • Add more water and green leafy vegetable to diet


Community level

  • Elimination of food deserts

  • Community farms

  • Access to green space


Society Level

  • Regulation of high fructose corn syrup in foods

  • Passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity (TROA) Act


Resources:

https://go.gwu.edu/obesitycoverage

- Interactive coverage maps

- Individual reports for Medicaid & State Employee

- Links to Provider Resources

www.obesitycareadvocacynetwork.com

American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org

AME church International Health Commission Culinary Rx

https://ame-church.rouxbe.com

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