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_More food companies should improve how they market to children _ and if they don’t, the government should step in and mandate changes.

_To make physical activity routine, communities should be designed with safe places to walk and exercise.

_Public and private insurers should ensure better access to obesity screening, preventive services and treatments.

_Employers should expand workplace wellness programs.

_The president should appoint a task force to evaluate the impact of U.S. agriculture policies on obesity.

The Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, is an independent organization that advises the government.