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Dr. Jonathan Fielding, professor-in-residence in FSPH's Department of Health Policy and Management, wrote an op-ed published July 26 by U.S. News & World Report about the role of the U.S. surgeon general in addressing childhood obesity.
The new surgeon general can make a real impact in reducing the number of overweight kids.
Jerome Adams, the Indiana health commissioner and an anesthesiologist, is on track to become the next U.S. surgeon general. His nomination by President Donald Trump has received both Democratic and Republican support, thanks to his handling of an HIV/AIDS outbreak in Indiana and his work combating the opioid abuse epidemic.
While these and other urgent health issues will be part of his portfolio, I hope that Adams will also use his surgeon general's megaphone to benefit a group of Americans who suffer from obesity and related health problems – also an epidemic and, importantly, preventable.