Louisiana Obesity Commission
Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., with prevalence rates nearly tripling from 12.3% in 1990 to 36.2% in 2018. Obesity is a major contributor to serious health conditions in children and adults, including type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other diseases. Rates of obesity have soared in the past three decades, making it clear that it is critical. Reducing the prevalence of obesity requires broad-based efforts by the government, businesses, community organizations, healthcare professionals, schools, families, and individuals. Currently, Louisiana is ranked 6th in the U.S. for adult obesity and 8th for youth obesity. The Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission was created with the intention to combat this epidemic.