Speaking with One Voice, Taking on Childhood Obesity

Seven men and women who have served as the nation's surgeon general come together to call for action.

    • March 31, 2009

In an unusual joint appearance, Acting U.S. Surgeon General Steven Galson and predecessors C. Everett Koop, Antonia Novello, Audrey Manley, Richard Carmona, David Satcher and Kenneth Moritisugu addressed the childhood obesity epidemic before a health care justice summit in Washington. They focused on the epidemic's implications for chronic disease, health care costs and the future of a generation of children with the highest obesity rates in U.S. history. As a group, they called for concerted action by government, communities, business and industry, education and families.

The seven men and women represented a quarter century of service as the country's top health officer. Their message was striking for its urgency and unanimity.

"Standing shoulder to shoulder," Moritisugu stressed, "all of the former surgeons general are saying, 'This is a problem. America, listen.'"

Surgeon Generals Past and Present Speak Out

Surgeon Generals Past and Present Speak Out

Surgeon Generals Past and Present Speak Out

In an unusual joint appearance, Acting U.S. Surgeon General Steven Galson and predecessors C. Everett Koop, Antonia Novello, Audrey Manley, Richard Carmona, David Satcher and Kenneth Moritisugu addressed the childhood obesity epidemic before a health care justice summit in Washington. They focused on the epidemic's implications for chronic disease, health care costs and the future of a generation of children with the highest obesity rates in U.S. history. As a group, they called for concerted action by government, communities, business and industry, education and families.

In an unusual joint appearance, Acting U.S. Surgeon General Steven Galson and predecessors C. Everett Koop, Antonia Novello, Audrey Manley, Richard Carmona, David Satcher and Kenneth Moritisugu addressed the childhood obesity epidemic before a health care justice summit in Washington. They focused on the epidemic's implications for chronic disease, health care costs and the future of a generation of children with the highest obesity rates in U.S. history. As a group, they called for concerted action by government, communities, business and industry, education and families.

Surgeon Generals Past and Present Speak Out

In an unusual joint appearance, Acting U.S. Surgeon General Steven Galson and predecessors C. Everett Koop, Antonia Novello, Audrey Manley, Richard Carmona, David Satcher and Kenneth Moritisugu addressed the childhood obesity epidemic before a health care justice summit in Washington. They focused on the epidemic's implications for chronic disease, health care costs and the future of a generation of children with the highest obesity rates in U.S. history. As a group, they called for concerted action by government, communities, business and industry, education and families.

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