Former Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist, R-Tenn., a surgeon; Glickman; and celebrity chef José Andrés, founder of the nonprofit World Central Kitchen that provides emergency feeding in the US and internationally, are co-chairs of the task force.
The task force’s goal is to build consensus on recommendations across sources including anti-hunger organizations, groups focused on diet-related chronic diseases and business innovation organizations, said Dariush Mozaffarian, the school’s dean and long an advocate of a White House summit on food. Streamlining recommendations is key, Mozaffarian said. The task force has set an Aug. 1 deadline for sending a report to the White House.
“I think some of the threats to success [for the White House] are lack of consensus. If every group has its own set of recommendations that are just narrowly focused on their own priorities, then the government, Congress, the agencies might throw up their hands and say, ‘Look, if you guys can’t agree then why should we do anything?’” he said.
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“These are not Democratic problems. Blue states and red states are suffering from diabetes. Blue states and red states are suffering from food insecurity. Blue states and red states are suffering from rising health care costs,” Mozaffarian said.
In the US, 48.1 percent of adults 18 and older have hypertension, and 20 percent of people ages 2 to 19 and 42 percent of adults have obesity that can put them at risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Of US adults, 88 million, more than 1 in 3, have pre-diabetes, and more than 8 in 10 of them don’t know they have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.