F as in fat: how obesity threatens Americas future

In 2001, then-Surgeon General David Satcher issued a landmark statement that obesity had reached epidemic proportions in America. The country began to react, but slowly. As the F as in Fat report has documented over the previous six years, efforts to address the skyrocketing rise of obesity rates and obesity-related diseases have slowly been growing across the country, ranging from school districts trying to improve the nutritional quality of school lunches to communities building new sidewalks to make walking safer and more accessible to millions of Americans. This is the seventh edition of F as in Fat. The 2010 report examines current obesity trends in America and promising policy approaches, particularly actions taken by the states and federal government.