Americans' life expectancy is 80 years, but despite living longer, we are faced with more chronic disease and more people with multiple chronic conditions. Much of this is driven by obesity. Taken together, these facts are driving health care costs sky-high and threatening the long-term viability of our health system – including Medicare. Obesity and obesity-related disease costs the United States more than $200 billion dollars.

CQ Roll Call’s policy breakfast briefing Addressing the Cost of Obesity in America’s Aging Population will bring together health leaders and policymakers for a health policy forum that will examine obesity in an aging American population and discuss comprehensive solutions to ease the health and economic burden for patients, families and society as a whole.

View photos from the event here.

Welcoming Remarks

Beth Bronder, SVP & Publisher, CQ Roll Call
Sponsor Welcome

James Appleby, Executive Director & CEO, The Gerontological Society of America

Fmr. HHS Secy. Tommy Thompson

Moderated by: David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.)

Moderated by: David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.)

Moderated by: David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Moderated by: Adriel Bettelheim, Managing Editor, Health, CQ Roll Call
  • Alex Brill, CEO, Matrix Global Advisories
  • Dr. Scott Kahan, Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness
  • Don W. Bradley, MD, MHS-CL, Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina; faculty at Duke and UNC Medical Schools
Interview with James Appleby

Executive Director & CEO, Gerontological Society of America
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