At an 11:00 AM press conference on Monday, July 27, Eric Finkelstein of RTI International will discuss the findings from a new study on medical spending on obesity that will be published this morning on the Health Affairs Web site. Finkelstein will be joined by Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Bill Dietz, CDC’s Director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity.  The briefing will also discuss new recommendations designed to prevent and reduce the impact obesity has upon communities.

This press briefing is taking place during CDC’s inaugural conference on obesity control and prevention in Washington, DC.  The “Weight of the Nation” Conference will provide a forum to highlight progress in the prevention and control of obesity through policy and environmental strategies. More details about the conference and media briefing, as well as a live Webcast of the media briefing, are available online.