Preventing Obesity and Its Consequences: Highlights of RAND Health Research
Source: RAND Corporation
- Treating or preventing obesity would reduce rates of chronic disease and related health care costs, increase life expectancy, and improve birth outcomes.
- Residential neighborhoods affect obesity rates by providing access to healthy and unhealthy foods and opportunities for physical activity.
- It is not clear whether building more supermarkets in areas lacking access to healthy foods would help curb obesity.
- Improving school meals may not help curb childhood obesity if food outlets surrounding schools make unhealthy food easy to get.