Dems Platform makes brief reference to obesity

September 4th, 2012 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

Democrats in Charlotte, NC today will adopt their party’s platform today. For all of Michelle Obama’s work, the President’s Task Force at the outset of his Administration and the recent Department of Health and Human Services Weight of the Nation Conference, the platform contains one reference to obesity, stating, “We support parents and their children as they work to lead healthier lives. With prevention and treatment initiatives on obesity and public health, Democrats are leading the way on supporting healthier, more physically active families and healthy children.” (p. 47)

Four years ago in Denver, Colorado the Democratic Platform referred to obesity three times:

  • “Our nation faces epidemics of obesity and chronic diseases as well as new threats like pandemic flu and bioterrorism. Yet despite all of this, less than four cents of every health care dollar is spent on prevention and public health.”

  • An Emphasis on Prevention and Wellness. Chronic diseases account for 70 percent of the nation’s overall health care spending.  We need to promote healthy lifestyles and disease prevention and management especially with health promotion programs at work and physical education in schools.  All Americans should be empowered to promote wellness and have access to preventive services to impede the development of costly chronic conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension.”

  • Public Health and Research. Health and wellness is a shared responsibility among individuals and families, school systems, employers, the medical and public health workforce and government at all levels. We will ensure that Americans can benefit from healthy environments that allow them to pursue healthy choices. Additionally, as childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in the last 30 years, we will work to ensure healthy environments in our schools.”


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