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New FDA strategy to help reduce obesity

A new FDA report outlining another element in the strategy for combating obesity has been released.

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The United States Department of Health and Human Services has released a new FDA report outlining another element in the strategy for combating obesity.

The report by FDA's Obesity Working Group includes recommendations to strengthen food labeling and educate consumers about maintaining a healthy diet. It also encourages restaurants to provide calorie and nutrition information.

The FDA report follows a new study that shows poor diet and inactivity are likely to become the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
64% of all Americans are overweight.
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Approximately 64% of all Americans are overweight, including 30% who are obese.

A national education campaign to encourage people to take steps to fight obesity and a new obesity research strategy at the National Institutes of Health have also been released. This report builds on these initiatives by highlighting actions that the FDA can take to help consumers make better choices about their diet and maintain a healthy weight.

The full report from the FDA's Obesity Working Group is available at http://www.fda.gov/oc/initiatives/obesity/. More information about HHS's new anti-obesity campaign and NIH's obesity research agenda is available at http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20040309.html.

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