WASHINGTON (AP) — Two-thirds of U.S. adults and almost a third of children are either overweight or obese, and progress to stop the epidemic has been too slow, the influential Institute of Medicine said in a report released Tuesday.
Specialists meeting in Washington this week are looking for ways to reduce America's obesity problem.
A separate government-funded study suggests that by 2030, 42 percent of U.S. adults will be obese, up from just over a third now. That's not nearly as many as experts once predicted. But Americans aren't getting thinner, either
The independent institute makes clear it's a societal problem: Sedentary lives have become the norm, and Americans are surrounded by cheap, high-calorie foods.
The new report offers a roadmap of the most promising strategies to change that.
"Each of us has this role. We can't sit back and let the schools do it, or let a mayor do it or think somehow the federal government's going to solve it," said report co-author William Purcell III. "These recommendations require concerted effort among all."
The report says schoolchildren should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, but many schools have cut into recess in recent years in an effort to increase learning time amid tighter budgets.