Few U.S. health professionals are adequately trained in the prevention and management of obesity. Only 1 in 4 physicians feel prepared to effectively counsel patients on healthy eating and physical activity.
The individual challenges, costs, and overall burden of the obesity epidemic continue to require new thinking. I have begun to see young adulthood as a neglected, yet critical, period of study in the development of obesity.
This month, more than 20 leading health organizations representing a range of health care providers released the first-ever set of interdisciplinary educational competencies for the prevention and treatment of obesity. Collectively, the competencies span virtually all aspects of care and establish a common basis for understanding and working with people with obesity.
This month, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition (PCFSN) helped to coordinate events nationwide in honor of National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. Beginning with National PE & Sports Week and ending today with National Senior Health & Fitness Day, the month encourages Americans
In 1985, Dr. Vincent Felitti was frustrated by the 50% dropout rateof patients with severe obesity from his San Diego-based clinic. Upon review, Felitti was shocked to find that most dropouts were losing weight when they left the program. Follow-up interviews with these patients revealed that the majority (55%) had experienced some form of childhood sexual abuse. Many women indicated that they believed their physical size helped to ward off sexual advances from men.
Amid rising costs to employers, interest in evidence-based strategies to promote physical, mental, and financial wellbeing of employees has grown steadily.
The national security of the United States depends on a fit military. Obesity in military personnel impairs fitness and affects both recruitment and retention. Along with poor academic performance and criminal behavior, nationwide increases in prevalence of overweight and obesity pose major challenges to U.S.