Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013
Obesity in America
In 2010, the Congressional Budget Office released a report that showed obesity rates among Americans had more than doubled from 13 to 28 percent from 1987 to 2007. Since then, obesity rates have grown measurably worse with nearly 70 percent of Americans affected by excess weight or obesity, and 42 percent of Americans projected to become affected by obesity by 2030. In addition, healthcare costs related to obesity reach nearly $200 billion each year. With a majority of Americans affected by excess weight or obesity and at risk for chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity has become a healthcare and financial epidemic requiring access to a full range of safe and effective treatment options.
About the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013
On June 19, 2013, U.S. Senators, Tom Carper (D-DE) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and U.S. Representatives, Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Ron Kind (D-WI), introduced legislation to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries have access to an array of approved obesity prevention and treatment tools.
The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act provides Medicare beneficiaries and their healthcare providers with meaningful tools to reduce obesity by improving access to weight-loss counseling and new prescription medications for chronic weight management. The bill also requires the Health and Human Services Department to develop and implement a comprehensive new research and outreach plan to combat the obesity epidemic.
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The OAC needs YOU to voice your support for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013. Contact your legislator today through the OAC’s Legislative Action Center and encourage your legislator to support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013. This legislation will be crucial in combating the obesity epidemic, and it will ensure millions of Americans access to safe and effective treatment options for excess weight and obesity. Show your support today!
The Obesity Action Coalition, along with the following organizations proudly support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013:
- The Obesity Society
- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- American Society of Bariatric Physicians
- American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
- OA Action Alliance
- Arthritis Foundation
- Shape Up America!TM
For the Media
For more information regarding the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013, please contact the following legislative offices:
Senator Carper (D-DE): 202-224-2441
Communications Director: Emily Spain: email@example.com
Deputy Press Secretary: Ian Sams: firstname.lastname@example.org
Health LA: Lynn Sha: email@example.com
House Original Cosponsors:
Representative Lance (R-NJ)
Representative Guthrie (R-KY)
Representative Blackburn (R-TN)
Representative Roskam (R-IL)
Delegate Christensen (D-Virgin Islands)
Representative Lujan (D-NM)
Rep. Blumenauer (D-OR)
Rep. Paulsen (R-MN)
Rep. Peters (D-CA)
General Media Inquiries on Obesity Community Support
If you are a member of the media and have general questions regarding the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013, please contact:
- James Zervios
Director of Communications
Obesity Action Coalition
- Mollie Turner
Director of Communications
The Obesity Society – Research. Education. Action.
- Heidi M. Gordon
Director of Marketing & Communications
American Society of Bariatric Physicians
If you would like more information or have any questions regarding the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.