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Invited Commentary
Health Care Policy and Law
August 1, 2022

Preventing Obesity—It Is Time for Multiple Policy Strategies

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, New York University, New York
JAMA Intern Med. Published online August 1, 2022. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2022.3039

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data indicate that nearly three-fourths of adults in the US are overweight, with more than 40% meeting criteria for obesity (https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/). Overweight is now the norm. We can argue about the cut point at which excess body weight raises risks for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, other chronic conditions, and severe outcome of COVID-19, but these risks are elevated and exacerbate health inequality.1

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