'Tackling Obesity: Crossing Silos to Find Solutions'
June 25, 2009
State Capitol Room 447, 1-3 p.m.
The obesity epidemic continues to threaten the health of Californians, increasing the risk for more than half of the states citizens of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, arthritis-related disabilities, depression, sleep disorders, and some cancers. The problem is so serious that according to one report, todays generation of children could become the first in modern history whose lifespan is less than that of their parents.
In the face of the states current budget crisis, creating synergy across silos and leveraging investments in health has never been more important. The economic cost of obesity is staggering: Obesity-related health expenditures are estimated to have accounted for more than 25% of the growth in national health care spending between 1987 and 2001. Many previous attempts to tackle obesity have focused on changing personal behavior; however, it is now acknowledged that there is no single cause or cure to the complex problem of obesity.
There has been a growing recognition of the need to include health as part of the discussion across a range of policy decisions. This forum brings together experts who are tackling the multifaceted obesity problem by crossing traditional governmental silos to find solutions. Their approach demands that health be considered in a wide variety of policy decisions, ranging from urban planning, land use, and agriculture to recreation, transportation, and climate change.
Well explore the issues from various perspectives: