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Thursday, June 16, 2016

CDC Reports Obesity Prevalence Tops 30% in US Population

The need for a nationally recognized public health nurse leader could not be greater as evidenced by the recent report from the CDC. According to MedPage Today, “the prevalence of obesity among adults in the U.S. passed 30% for this first time ever last year, according to new numbers from the CDC.” This is an all time record. Only 21% of adults met the guidelines set for physical activity. The Office of the Surgeon General is leading a call to action to “Step It Up” for walking and walkable communities. With a more visible Chief Nurse at his side, known as the National Nurse for Public Health, there is greater probability that these messages could reach our communities via the nation’s trusted messengers, our 3.4 million nurses.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Thursday, June 16, 2016  

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Blogger Lucia Del Rio 
The issue of obesity is a worldwide problem facing our children today. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015, an estimated 42 million children under the age of 5 are overweight or obese which is an increase of about 11 million during the past year. The issue of obesity has brought the attention of the First Lady Michelle Obama's to develop the Let's Move program to eradicate child obesity in this country. We as parents have to incorporate healthy eating habits early on and promote daily physical activity. There needs to be the collaboration between the public and government to make the necessary changes to improve the diet and prevent chronic disease.

According to the WHO, many countries have taken fiscal measures to protect individuals from unhealthy products. The fiscal policies that target food and beverages identified as being unhealthy is a start in the right direction. There is enough evidence to correlate obesity with non-communicable diseases. As nurses, we must stress the importance of prevention and promote healthy lifestyles.