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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)
Chief Executive Officer
American Council on Exercise

Mark Schoeberl
Executive Vice President, Advocacy 
American Heart Association                                          

Elliott J. Fegelman, MD, FACS
Senior Medical Director

Ed Foster-Simeon
President and CEO
United States Soccer Foundation

Lee Kaplan, MD, PhD
Director of the Obesity, Metabolism & Nutrition Institute and Founding Director of the Weight Center at Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School  

Jeffrey Poltawsky
Vice President
American Family Children’s Hospital                                               

Elena Rios, MD, MSPH
President and CEO
National Hispanic Medical Association                                                                                                               

Stephanie Silverman
Chief Executive Officer
Venn Strategies, LLC

Joseph W. Thompson, MD, MPH
Arkansas Center for Health Improvement                                                                            

Advisory Council


Abbott Laboratories

American Academy of Physician's Asssistants

American Beverage Association

American Cancer Society

American Diabetes Association 

American Dietetic Association

American College of Gastroenterology 

American Council on Excercise 

American Heart Association 

American Hiking Society

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

Mission Readiness 

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 Hispanic Medical Association 

National Medical Association 

National Medical Women's Association 

National Recreation and Park Association

National Restaurant 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

Stephanie Silverman

Chris Fox
Senior Director, External Affairs

JoHannah Torkelson

Lauren Reliford
Manager, External Affairs