Why The Weight of the Fox Valley?
Weight of the Fox Valley exists to help residents in Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties achieve and maintain a healthy weight, a goal that takes on new significance when you look at the current facts.
The obesity epidemic is no stranger to the Fox Valley. More than 60% of residents in the Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties are reported to be overweight or obese.
2011 Fox Cities LIFE Study.
2011 Winnebago County Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System: Local, State, and National Data Comparison. Winnebago County, Oct. 2011. Web. 2 Sept. 2014.
Calumet County – Health and Human services,
Obesity is Growing in Wisconsin
The chart below shows how obesity levels have more than doubled in the past 25 years.
"Obesity Prevalence Maps." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 09 Sept. 2014. Web. 02 Feb. 2015. <http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/prevalence-maps.html>.
Excess weight can cause a variety of health issues, including:
Obesity-related deaths are now the second largest killer of Americans under the age of 70. The magnitude of health issues this causes is taxing our health systems.
"Obesity Consequences." Obesity Prevention Source. Harvard School of Public Health, n.d. Web. 04 Aug. 2014. <http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-consequences/>.
Cawley J, Meyerhoefer C. The medical care costs of obesity: an instrumental variables approach. Journal of Health Economics. 31(1):219-230. 2012.
"Economic Costs." Obesity Prevention Source. Harvard School of Public Health, n.d. Web. 13 Aug. 2014. <http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-consequences/economic/>.
Dor, Avi, Christine Ferguson, Casey Langwith, and Ellen Tan. A Heavy Burden the Individual Costs of Being Overweight and Obese in the United States. Washington, DC: George Washington U, School of Public Health and Health Services,
Department of Health Policy, 2010. Department of Public Health. Stop Obesity Alliance, 21 Sept. 2010. Web. 13 Aug. 2014. <http://www.stopobesityalliance.org/wp-content/themes/stopobesityalliance/pdfs/Heavy_Burden_Report.pdf>.
Costs to Business
Communities also see an impact on employee productivity. Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy estimates that a business with 1,000 employees has $285,000 per year in extra costs associated with obesity. Businesses also face other increasing costs and new challenges due to the obesity epidemic.
"The Cost of Obesity." Public Health : George Washington University. George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, n.d. Web. 13 Aug. 2014. <http://publichealthonline.gwu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/NationalPublicHealthWeek_CostofObesity_Infographic1.png>.
"Economic Impact of Obesity." Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity — What We Do — Economics — Topics:. Yale University, n.d. Web. 02 Aug. 2014. <http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/what_we_do.aspx?id=82>.
Impact on Community
The obesity epidemic’s impact doesn’t end here. Obesity affects community infrastructure, requiring us to change the very way we build communities, establish new transportation routes and how we spend community dollars.
Let’s Respond, Together
Weight of the Fox Valley brings together organizations and people who envision a different future for our communities, those who believe that we can create communities where residents achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Healthier communities are within our reach.