In the face of reports that the obesity rates rose nationwide–and in Minnesota–in 2018, one health advocate is calling for broad changes to curb the obesity epidemic.

“There certainly is a role for personal responsibility and behavior, and Minnesotans are more and more trying to exercise more and eat healthy foods. But folks of the state may want to be talking to their policymakers at the state level and federal level.”

John Auerbach with Trust for America’s Health says policy changes like expanding WIC and SNAP benefits along with taxes on certain unhealthy foods may be necessary to turn back the rising obesity numbers.