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H.C.R. 2

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM by jeyring. -->              1     





Chief Sponsor: Stewart Barlow

Senate Sponsor: Allen M. Christensen

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor recognizes obesity as a
             11      significant public health and economic issue in Utah and urges support of policy
             12      development that addresses the obesity problem in Utah and promotes public awareness
             13      of the adverse affects of obesity on individual health.
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This resolution:
             16          .    recognizes obesity as a serious public health and economic issue impacting Utah;
             17          .    expresses support for improving the health and lifestyles of adults and children in
             18      Utah by promoting activities that encourage healthy weight;
             19          .    supports policies that promote increased access to healthy food and physical
             20      activity; and
             21          .    recognizes the need to support initiatives to educate the Utah public about solutions
             22      to the obesity epidemic.
             23      Special Clauses:
             24          None
             26      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             27          WHEREAS, 16.9% of American children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 are obese, and

             28      31.7% are overweight, which translates into 12 million children and adolescents who are obese
             29      and more than 23 million who are obese or overweight;
             30          WHEREAS, more than half of Utah adults are overweight or obese and almost one in
             31      four are obese;
             32          WHEREAS, in 2010, 1,138,515 adult Utahns were overweight or obese and 454,735
             33      were obese;
             34          WHEREAS, in 2010, over one in five elementary school age Utah children were
             35      overweight or obese;
             36          WHEREAS, the percentage of obese adults in Utah has more than doubled since 1989;
             37          WHEREAS, overweight children and adults are at greater risk for numerous adverse
             38      health consequences, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high
             39      cholesterol, certain cancers, asthma, low self-esteem, depression, and other debilitating
             40      diseases;
             41          WHEREAS, the medical costs of obesity have risen to $147 billion each year;
             42          WHEREAS, the medical cost of obesity in Utah was estimated at $393 million in 2000
             43      and has increased since then;
             44          WHEREAS, per capita medical spending for the obese is $1,429 higher per year, or
             45      42% higher, than for someone of normal weight;
             46          WHEREAS, obesity has been linked to increases in workers' compensation claims;
             47          WHEREAS, studies show dramatically higher health care costs for overweight and
             48      obese patients and lower productivity in the workplace;
             49          WHEREAS, overweight and obese children are absent from school at a higher rate and
             50      are less likely to perform well academically;
             51          WHEREAS, obesity is the second leading preventable cause of disease and premature
             52      death, second only to tobacco use;
             53          WHEREAS, good nutrition is a central part of any obesity prevention effort as healthier
             54      diets could prevent at least $71 billion per year in medical costs, lost productivity, and lost
             55      lives;
             56          WHEREAS, studies show that most Americans and Utahns do not eat the
             57      recommended intake of fruits, vegetables, or whole grains;
             58          WHEREAS, most Americans and Utahns are failing to meet the Centers for Disease

             59      Control and Prevention's recommendations of at least 150 minutes of moderate physical
             60      activity per week for adults, and at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity
             61      for children every day;
             62          WHEREAS, infants who are breast-fed are less likely to become obese children or
             63      adults;
             64          WHEREAS, individuals from ages 2 to 28 consume 365 calories per day on average
             65      from added sugars, more than double the discretionary calorie allowance in the 2010 Dietary
             66      Guidelines for Americans; H. and
             67           [ WHEREAS, sweetened beverages account for 22% of empty calories in children's
             68      diets; and
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             69          WHEREAS, individual effort alone is insufficient to combat obesity's rising tide, and
             70      significant societal and environmental changes are needed to support individual efforts to make
             71      healthy changes:
             72          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             73      Governor concurring therein, recognizes obesity as a serious public health and economic issue
             74      impacting Utah.
             75          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor support goals and
             76      objectives in the Utah Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan, 2010-2020.
             77          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor urge
             78      communities, schools, worksites, and health care communities to implement policies to
             79      increase access to healthy food and physical activity.
             80          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor consider the
             81      impact of existing and impending legislation and policy initiatives on obesity risk and
             82      prevention.
             83          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor support
             84      initiatives that educate Utahns about solutions to Utah's obesity epidemic.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-14-13 12:09 PM

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