Biden launches plan to reduce obesity and end hunger by 2030

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An earlier version of this story inaccurately stated that more than 73 percent of Americans age 15 or older are obese. This number refers to Americans who are overweight or obese. The story has been corrected.

The White House will hold a national conference on food health and food security on Wednesday for the first time in more than 50 years to kick off A national campaign that seeks to tackle high rates of obesity and end persistent hunger in the United States by 2030.

The move is aimed at accelerating improvements in public health and alleviating a problem burdening the nation. More than 73 percent of Americans age 15 or older are overweight or obese, based on BMI measurements – the second highest Among about thirty countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development – and about 1 in 10 American families are food insecure.

The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health Comes as Americans wrestling with rising food costs And the effects of the coronavirus pandemic that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention He says it may have exacerbated obesity in the United States.

The White House said the spread of diet-related illnesses is creating broader issues for the country. It harms military readiness, workforce productivity, academic achievement, and mental health. The White House said it is also increasing health care costs for cash-strapped American families.

It is an “urgent health crisis related to nutrition,” she said in a statement.

In a 44-page summary of its food policies to be revealed at the conference, the Biden administration pledged to make healthy food affordable and available, invest in expanding physical activity options and advance research into food and nutrition.

Among the specific policies President Biden has promised: expanding free school meals to reach an additional 9 million children in the next decade; improving transportation options for the estimated 40 million Americans who have low access to groceries or farmers markets; reduce food waste (the White House says a third of food in the US is not eaten); conduct more food insecurity checks; educating health care providers about nutrition; reduce sodium and sugar in American food products; address marketing that promotes fast food, sugary drinks, candy, and unhealthy snacks; And build more parks in “nature-deprived communities.”

Previous administrations have sought to improve nutritional hygiene. Federal efforts date back at least to the era of President Theodore Roosevelt, who in 1906 signed the first American food safety legislation into law.

Recently, as First Lady, Michelle Obama spearhead The “Let’s Take Action” campaign to raise awareness of childhood obesity, but its initiative has mixed results and attracted criticism from the right.

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President Richard Nixon was the first to convene a White House conference on hunger in 1969, and this week’s conference has its roots in a recent bipartisan push. Last year, Representative Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), a longtime anti-hunger advocate, inserted A bill that would allocate funds for a White House conference on food and health. The bill was co-sponsored by Senator Cory Booker (DN.J.), Representative Jackie Wallorsky (R-India) and Senator Mike Brown (R-India).

At the time, Brown expressed support for a “bipartisan approach and common sense” toward tackling hunger, while Walorksi, Who died in a car accident last monthFighting food insecurity and “removing the barriers that prevent families from succeeding are a bipartisan priority,” he said.

McGovern: ‘Hunger shouldn’t exist in this country’ He said on MSNBC. We lacked the political will to connect all the dots and end them once and for all. America has an abundance of food. We live in the richest country in the history of the world.”

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