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Documentary tackles obesity
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The Weight of the Nation, a documentary series that offers an in-depth look at obesity followed by a discussion about how we can work to reduce obesity rates in our community, will air on BLTV Channel 6, beginning Monday, March 4 through March 8 at 6 p.m.
The special airing is a collaborative effort with McMinnville Parks and Recreation, Ben Lomand Television, and HBO.
“Obesity is a national epidemic, but it’s also a local issue,” said Kristie Sanders, Wellness Program administrator with the city of McMinnville. “If we come together to recognize the problem, we can collectively work toward a solution for our community.”
Since the mid-1980s obesity has increased so dramatically that not only is it an epidemic, but it’s become one of the most serious public health and public policy problems facing the United States. Two-thirds of U.S. adults and nearly one-third of U.S. children and adolescents (aged 2-19) are overweight or obese.
“With obesity at epidemic proportions, it’s more important than ever for communities to join together in an effort to combat this current crisis,” said Sanders. “If the obesity rates continue to stay high, we’re going to face steadily increasing health care costs, as well as more lives lost to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, many cancers and other complications from obesity.”
According to the surgeon general, researchers warn that many of our children will be seriously afflicted in early adulthood with medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
The Weight of the Nation, a powerful documentary series, was developed by HBO in conjunction with several of the nation’s leading research and health care organizations. The series is part of an effort to combat the rise in childhood obesity and is one of the most far-reaching public education campaigns regarding the obesity epidemic to date.
The four-part series is an in-depth look at how widespread this issue has become and the major impact it is having on children. It drives home the point that parents, educators and adults cannot look away any longer and need to take action before it is too late. The series also highlights several individuals, worksites, and communities that are making positive changes to prevent obesity and become healthier.
March is National Nutrition Month. The Weight of the Nation documentary series is part of the month long series of events “28 Days to a Healthier You” created by River Park Hospital Diabetes Center and Diabetes Educator Brandy Cox that focuses on health and nutrition to help educate and improve nutritional habits of Warren County residents.
“It took approximately eight months to get permission from HBO to air this program locally,” said Sanders. “It was a lot of work, but it was worth it. I hope everyone watches this very informative series.”