Earlier this month a report titled: “Lots to Lose: How America’s Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future” was released by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). The report calls on legislators in the United States Congress to enact policy that would continue or expand primary prevention. If not addressed, the BPC states that obesity will eventually bankrupt the United States. According to the BPC’s report, the United States would stand to save almost $550 billion over the next two decades if obesity rates simply stabilized. Some of the suggestions from the report include educating medical professionals about the benefits of prescribing exercise and proper nutrition; good signs for the fitness industry. “We Americans are a very overweight and unhealthy nation and as a nation we spend $2.6 trillion on healthcare (annually). Those costs are the primary driver of our nation’s debt,” said Dan Glickman, co-chair of the BPC’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative. “Some issues are just too important to be partisan and this is clearly one of those issues. We must all take action to beat this threat. This is an issue that has cried out for simple solutions in every respect. It’s complicated, but it’s not so complicated that we can’t find ways to deal with it,” he continued. Fitness professionals such as Personal Trainers will continue to be an integral part of the fight against obesity. As the United States continues to struggle with obesity and rising healthcare costs, the need for educated professionals will continue to rise.