§5-1E-1. Findings and purposes.
The Legislature finds and declares that the rise in obesity
and related weight problems accompanied by the resulting incidence
of chronic disease has created a health care crisis that burdens
the health care infrastructure of the state. The Legislature also
finds that the State of West Virginia must take an informed,
sensitive approach to communicate and educate the citizens of the
state about health issues related to obesity and inappropriate
weight gain. The Legislature further finds that the state must
take action to assist West Virginia citizens in engaging in
healthful eating and regular physical activity. The Legislature
further finds that the state must invest in research that improves
understanding of inappropriate weight gain and obesity. These
efforts are needed to coordinate the state's interest in improving
the health of its citizens and in reducing the cost of health care.
Therefore, it is the purpose of this article to create, as an
integral part of the Department of Health and Human Resources, an
entity to coordinate the efforts of all agencies to prevent and
remedy obesity and related weight problems and to ensure that all
citizens are being educated on this serious health risk that is
affecting the state.