Dr Fontanarosa is a Senior Editor of JAMA.
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.
Fontanarosa PB. Health Promotion and Obesity Research: Call for Papers. JAMA. 1998;280(21):1866. doi:10.1001/jama.280.21.1866
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