Obesity rates in 13 of the 50 states are projected to exceed 60% by 2030, according to a report released today by the Robert Woods Foundation titled F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012.
That is a big number, pun intended.
According to the report, "If states’ obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, hypertension, and arthritis could increase 10 times between 2010 and 2020—and double again by 2030."
Here is a link to the news release - Adult Obesity Rates Could Exceed 60 Percent in 13 States by 2030, with highlights of the more detailed report.
These are the recommendations included in the report:
- Fully implement the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, by implementing the new school meal standards and updating nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages in schools;
- Protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund;Increase investments in effective, evidence-based obesity-prevention programs;
- Fully implement the National Prevention Strategy and Action Plan;
- Make physical education and physical activity a priority in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act;
- Finalize the Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children Guidelines;
- Fully support healthy nutrition in federal food programs
- Encourage full use of preventive health care services and provide support beyond the doctor’s office.
All of these recommendations are focused on either on educational policies, the environment and use of health care services. None of these recommendations are related to the care of the spirit and related principles of faith.
As I've stated in the past, it's my contention that no noticeable reduction in obesity rates in our country will occur unless the care of the spirit, according to biblical principles, becomes widespread.
We must bring our relationship with God, and his obesity-related principles for living found in the Bible, right into the middle of the conversation and incorporate it into recommendations that come from major national organizations, such as the Robert Woods Foundation, Trust for Americas Health, and yes, even the US Government.