Obesity and Public Policy: Legislation Passed by States, 1999 to 2003

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Apr 01, 2004


Anthony Wellever


Obesity could overtake tobacco use as the leading cause of preventable death in the United States by 2005, when it is projected that 500,000 Americans will die from diseases associated with obesity. According to recent survey research, most Americans acknowledge that obesity is a serious health concern, but are ambivalent about the role that government should play in fighting obesity. KHI looked at legislation passed in the last five years and found that 30 state legislatures adopted 79 separate policy initiatives that targeted either obesity or physical inactivity.

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The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.

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