Louisiana obesity prevention and management commission

Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., close behind smoking. It contributes to a variety of chronic conditions that include heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain cancers. While smoking has been steadily declining since the 1960's, obesity has become a national epidemic, with prevalence nearly tripling from 11.6% in 1990 to 29.8% today. The Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission was created to combat this epidemic in our state, which is currently ranked the most obese in the nation at 36.2%.1


In response to ACT 580 during the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session, the Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission (LOPMC) was signed into law June 9, 2014 by the Governor. This legislation sought to bring together a small dedicated group of advocates from public and private organizations to work collaboratively to address the obesity epidemic in Louisiana, which continues to be one of the most critical health concerns for the state. 

According to 2015 BRFSS data, 36.2% of adults in Louisiana are obese. That is up from 22.6% in 2000 and from 12.3% in 1990. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer - all of which are persistent leading causes of death in Louisiana.


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1 America's Health Rankings, 2016 Annual Report