Effectiveness of Obesity Prevention Efforts - New IOM Report


The obesity epidemic in the United States has serious health, economic, and social consequences, which have accelerated efforts to characterize and understand the problem more fully and to assure progress in its prevention.  EVALUATING OBESITY PREVENTION EFFORTS: A PLAN FOR MEASURING PROGRESS, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, develops a plan for monitoring and measuring of progress of obesity prevention at the national, state, and local levels. 


The report will be released in conjunction with a public webinar starting at 11 a.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 2.  Members of the committee that wrote the report will discuss the report's findings and conclusions and answer questions.  Advance copies will be available to reporters only starting at 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 1.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Aug. 2.  To receive log-in information for the webinar, obtain an embargoed copy of the report, and arrange interviews with members of the authoring committee, contact the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.  More information on the study is available at http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Nutrition/EvaluatingProgressObesityPrevention.aspx.