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Today, two-thirds of U.S. adults and nearly one in three children struggle because they are overweight or have obesity.  The effects of the nation’s obesity epidemic are immense:  taxpayers, businesses, communities and individuals spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year due to obesity, including an estimated $168 billion in medical costs.  In fact, because of skyrocketing rates of obesity, the current generation of U.S. children are – for the first time ever – projected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. 

The Campaign to End Obesity Action Fund advocates for changes in federal policy that will enable more Americans to eat healthy and be active, as well as those that provide appropriate medical treatment for patients.  In its work, the Campaign to End Obesity Action Fund convenes leaders from across industry, academia, patient and disease communities and public health to speak with one voice for measures to reverse the obesity epidemic and promote healthy weight in children and adults.

Board of Directors

Scott Goudeseune (Chair)

President and CEO


Tom Bergmann

President and Chief Financial Officer     


Elliott Fegelman, MD, FACS

Medical Director


Ed Foster-Simeon

President and CEO


Lee Kaplan, MD, PhD



Jeffrey Poltawsky



Elena Rios, MD, MSPH

President and CEO


Mark Schoeberl

Executive Vice President 


Stephanie Silverman



Joe Thompson, MD, MPH



Advisory Council


Abbott Laboratories

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

American Academy of Physician’s Assistants

American Beverage Association

American Cancer Society

American Diabetes Association 

American College of Gastroenterology 

American Council on Exercise

American Heart Association 

American Hiking Society

American Medical Women’s Association

American Psychological Association

Arena Pharmaceuticals

Center for Science in the Public Interest 

Discovery Health Channel 

DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance 


Endocrine Society

First Focus 

George Washington University/STOP Obesity Alliance

Grocery Manufacturers Association

Healthcare Leadership Council 


International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association 

Johnson & Johnson

Leadership for Healthy Communities 


National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Association for Sport and Physical Education 

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity

National Council of La Raza 

National Medical Association 

National Hispanic Medical Association 

National Recreation and Park Association

Nemours Division of Health and Prevention Services

NIKE, Inc.

Orexigen Therapeutics

Partnership for Prevention

Reinsurance Group of America, Inc. 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Sports & Fitness Industry Association  

Trust for America's Health

University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation


YMCA of the USA

Chris Fox
Senior Director, External Affairs
Michelle Seger
Director, Legislative Affairs
Lyndsay Carreno
Research Associate
Sara Prince
Manager, Social Media