Obesity expands amid federal anti-obesity campaign

 

Posted By Neil Munro On 4:40 PM 11/01/2013

The national obesity rate has expanded since 2012, even as federal regulators and first lady Michelle Obama exhort the nation to slim down, eat less and exercise.

The adult obesity rate climbed from 26.1 percent in January 2011, up to 27.2 percent in late 2012, according to Gallup’s survey, released on Friday – a 4.2 percent rise in 24 months.

The jump is a surprise, partly because the obesity rate had drifted down from 26.5 percent in January 2009, to 26.1 percent in January 2011, during the recession.

For more than a decade, federal health agencies have tried to reverse the growing obesity rate. In 2000, for example, the agencies announced their goal of reducing obesity to 15 percent by 2010.

The federal takeover of the nation’s health sector via the Obamacare law is also being used by experts to tighten the nation’s girth. Health companies must include anti-fatness measures in the benefit plans they offer to the nation. The value of the mandates is unclear, but they will likely fatten revenues of professionals in the anti-fat business.

Gallup’s survey showed that the obesity rate is lower among populations that are wealthy, white, older and live on the West coast. Rates are higher among populations that are middle-aged, black, latino, poorer and who live in the south.

“The U.S. obesity rate thus far in 2013 is trending upward and will likely surpass all annual obesity levels since 2008,” the Gallup report said.

Gallup also suggested that employers regulate their employees’ weight.

“Employers can also take an active role to help lower obesity rates… The annual cost for lost productivity due to workers being above normal weight or having a history of chronic conditions ranges from $160 million among agricultural workers to $24.2 billion among professionals,” Gallup claimed.

MIchelle Obama has also tried to draft companies in her waistline-reducing agenda.

Kids’ waistlines matter because the costs of treating adults’ obesity “matter for every business in America,” she wrote in February 2013.

“We spend $190 billion a year treating obesity-related health conditions like diabetes and heart disease, and a significant portion of those costs are borne by America’s businesses,” she wrote.

“We need every business in America to dig deeper, get more creative, and find new ways to generate revenue by giving American families better information and healthier choices. We know this can be done in a way that’s good for our kids and good for businesses,” she wrote.

In August, the first lady tried to claim that her “Let’s Move” campaign deserved credit for a drop in the number of obese children.

“Obesity among low-income preschoolers declined, from 2008 through 2011, in 19 of 43 states and territories studied, said a study released in August by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Today’s announcement reaffirms my belief that together, we are making a real difference in helping kids across the country get a healthier start to life,” said an August statement from the first lady.

The results were “evidence of progress,” according to her website, LetsMove.gov.

“Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams,” according to the site.

The government-centered program does allow a role for parents.

“Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies,” the site declares.

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White House blocks stamps meant to commemorate Michelle’s Let’s Move campaign because ‘skateboarding’ is unsafe

  • USPS destroys stamps, concerned they show  kids doing unsafe activities
  • The USPS stamps were created as part of  the President’s Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition
  • First Lady Michelle Obama had the final  say as they were designed to compliment her ‘Let’s Move’  campaign

By  James Daniel

PUBLISHED: 14:50 EST, 11  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 15:49 EST, 11 October 2013

Kids love to throw themselves about whether  it be jumping into swimming pools, skateboarding or perhaps performing a  handstand.

It sounds harmless enough, but just as the  United States Postal Service was about to release a series of stamps encouraging  kids to keep active, it’s decided to cancel the lot for fear they may end up  taking the blame for youngsters hurting themselves.

The stamps were created to commemorate  Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move!’ program and although the children are seen to be  having fun, they’re engaged in unsafe activities or not wearing protective  gear.

Activites: U.S. Postal Service hoped to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity in achieving a healthy lifestyleActivites: U.S. Postal Service hoped to raise awareness  about the importance of physical activity in achieving a healthy  lifestyle

Unsafe: Whilst is may be fun, a Cannonball dive could be unsafe
Unsafe: Whilst is may be fun, a Cannonball dive could be  unsafe
Dangerous: A headstand without a helmet
Dangerous: A headstand without a helmet
Asking for trouble: Skateboarding without kneepads
Asking for trouble: Skateboarding without  kneepads

‘The stamps are on hold with the printer and  we have not made a decision at this point, right now, with respect to how we are  going to move forward,’ a USPS spokesman told the website.

According to a report from Linn’s Stamp News,  the President’s Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition and the first lady’s  Let’s Move campaign raised concerns about three of the 15 the stamps in the  series.

Ideas: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama developed the Let's Move Program to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generationIdeas: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama developed the  Let’s Move Program to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a  generation

The two White House entities had concerns  over stamps with a man doing a cannonball into a swimming pool, a skateboarder  not wearing kneepads, and a child doing a handstand without a helmet.

The unsafe depictions came to light after  USPS Marketing chief Nagisa Manabe asked Michelle Obama to take part in a first  day ceremony for the stamps

That was apparently the first time the stamps  had been reviewed by the Sports Council.

The series is set to be destroyed, but a  final decision won’t be made until sometime next year.

On track: The initiative has the initially stated goal of 'solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight'On track: The initiative has the initially stated goal  of ‘solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that  children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight’

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Amber Alert website has been taken offline during the shutdown but Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move site is up and running

By  Meghan Keneally

PUBLISHED: 09:42 EST, 7  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 09:44 EST, 7 October 2013

The website dedicated to helping find  kidnapped children has been turned off during the government shutdown but the  First Lady’s healthy living initiative has not received the same treatment.

Amber Alerts advertise national and local  cases where children have been abducted, and since it is not considered an  essential service like national defense, it has not been funded during the  shutdown.

One website that apparently is too important  to unplug? First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ campaign, as that is one of  the few government websites still operational.

Pulling the plug: The Amber Alert website displays this message now like many government-funded programs 

Pulling the plug: The Amber Alert website displays this  message now like many government-funded programs

 

Up and running: Michelle Obama's healthy living website makes no mention of being hindered by the shutdown 

Up and running: Michelle Obama’s healthy living website  makes no mention of being hindered by the shutdown

 

 

 

Agency websites like the Department of  Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control  and the National Weather Service all have had their websites taken down or  bannered with a warning that the information is not being updated during the  federal shutdown.

Mrs Obama’s Let’s Move website, which is  clearly run by the government since the address ends with ‘.gov’, has no such  notification and is operating as usual.

The Department of Justice, which has had 15  per cent of it’s own workforce furloughed during the shutdown, said that even  though the Amber Alert website is down, they are still working on the abduction  cases.

‘Amber alerts are uninterrupted. They get  issued by states and counties, which do notifications to media, on twitter,  highway signs, etc,’ an unidentified Justice Department official told Buzzfeed.

Local issue: Text alerts will still be sent to smartphones near the suspected abductions during the shutdown 

Local issue: Text alerts will still be sent to  smartphones near the suspected abductions during the shutdown

 

Communication: Amber Alerts will still be sent to freeway signs but that order has to come from a federally funded program  

Communication: Amber Alerts will still be sent to  freeway signs but that order has to come from a federally funded program

‘The .gov site is informational, not the law  enforcement tool.’

In spite of their claims that searches would  continue uninterrupted, NBC Los Angeles said that may not be the case.

The local affiliate reports that messages on  freeway signs that typically flash descriptions of the abductor’s cars would  need to be ordered by the federally-funded program in the state capitol which is  clearly hindered by the shutdown.

State-wide alerts to smartphones and local  media will still be sent out.

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