Roundtable on Obesity Solutions
Established in 2014, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions engages leadership from multiple sectors to solve the obesity crisis. More than one third of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents have obesity. Cautious estimates suggest that obesity now accounts for almost 10 percent of the national health care budget. Until the epidemic is reversed, obesity will continue to drive rates of chronic diseases and their associated medical costs. Through meetings, public workshops, background papers, and innovation collaboratives, the Roundtable fosters an ongoing dialogue on critical and emerging issues in obesity prevention, treatment, and weight maintenance. The Roundtable provides a trusted venue for enhancing and accelerating discussion, development, and implementation of multi-sector collaborations, and policy, environmental, and behavioral initiatives that will increase physical activity; reduce sedentary behavior; and improve the healthfulness of foods and beverages consumed to reduce the prevalence and adverse consequences of obesity and eliminate obesity-related health disparities.
The Roundtable facilitates four innovation collaboratives (ICs). These ad hoc convening activities bring together Roundtable members, outside experts, and practitioners with similar interests and responsibilities to work cooperatively to advance solutions to obesity. Through information sharing and the fostering of new relationships, the Roundtable’s ICs work in four unique areas—business leadership, early care and education, physical activity, and clinical-social system linkages—to solve the obesity epidemic. The work of the innovation collaboratives does not necessarily represent the views of any one organization, the Collaborative, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, or the National Academies and has not been subjected to the review procedures of, nor are they a report or product of, the National Academies.
Please visit nas.edu/obesity to learn more about the Food and Nutrition Board's obesity-related work.