This book provides strong evidence for the importance of preventing obesity especially in children and the need for an interdisciplinary approach across health professionals from clinicians to policy makers to control this epidemic. We can is a collaboration between the national heart lung and blood institute the national institute of diabetes and digestive and kidney diseases the eunice kennedy shriver national institute of child health and human development and the national cancer institute. This section of the website summarizes promising strategies for obesity prevention based on a review of expert guidance from major governmental professional and public health advocacy organizations. Obesity is a major public health problem in the us affecting one third of the population the annual medical care costs related to obesity was about 147 billion dollars in 2008 obesity can lead to a wide array of diseases including some of the leading causes of death in the us. Obesity is a complex serious and costly public health problem thats on the rise everywhere in the united states and colorado is no exception obesity related conditions include heart disease stroke type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer some of the leading causes of preventable death
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