Study Shows Governmental Anti-Obesity Initiatives Are Not Working

Medical News Today: June 8, 2013

Americans are gaining weight at an alarming rate, with obesity increasing from 12 percent of the nation’s population in 1990 to 23 percent by 2005, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite an increase in state public health funding to combat these growing rates around the country, obesity continues to rise. A new University of Missouri study has found that as states spend more money on health care, obesity rates actually increase. Charles Menifield, a professor in the Truman School of Public Affairs at MU, says his findings strongly suggest that governmental spending efforts in fighting obesity have not been successful.  Read more