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Editorial
December 2, 1998

Health Promotion and Obesity ResearchCall for Papers

Author Affiliations

Dr Fontanarosa is a Senior Editor of JAMA.

JAMA. 1998;280(21):1866. doi:10.1001/jama.280.21.1866

By virtue of advances in diagnosis and treatment of common conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, development of effective immunizations and control of many infectious diseases and steady declines in infant mortality, medical science and public health have made great strides in achieving reductions in morbidity and mortality. Each year, life expectancy in the United States and in many industrialized countries continues to increase to record levels. Yet, despite these accomplishments and advances, the health burden imposed by unhealthful behaviors (such as improper diet, sedentary lifestyle, and use and abuse of tobacco and alcohol) as well as by preventable illnesses, injuries, and disability remains substantial. Accordingly, patients, physicians, other health care professionals, and the public have increasingly recognized the importance of effective strategies for health promotion, health protection, and risk reduction as being essential to protect, promote, and improve the health of all.

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