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LFCHD hosts film screening to help fight obesity

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LFCHD staff invited community members to the Lexington Public Library Downtown Branch Tuesday, July 17, to view a documentary to help the fight against obesity in Fayette County as part of the department’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

Have you heard about HBO’s The Weight of the Nation?

The Weight of the Nation is a four-part documentary series that confronts America’s obesity epidemic by featuring case studies, interviews with our nation’s leading experts and individuals and their families struggling with obesity.

Diabetes Health Educator Sarah McMahan chatted with Board of Health Member Dr. Robert Lynch at the event.

After screening the documentary for themselves, several health department staff invited community members to view the film to provide an opportunity to learn more about the impact of the obesity epidemic and discuss how their community can best prevent and control obesity. Those in attendance watched parts of the series that focused on the serious health consequences and major driving sources related to being overweight or obese, and opportunities for communities to fight back.

The series also puts the impact of obesity into perspective by highlighting many statistics and facts. For instance, did you know:
– In the United States in 2010, more than 63% of people are overweight or obese?
– The average working adult spends nearly 10 hours working, traveling to and from work, and engaging in work-related activities daily? The workplace environment can have an important effect on a person’s overall health.
– About 46% of adults’ added sugar intake comes from sugary drinks?
– 90% of parents with obese children do not seek medical help?
– The obese workforce costs American business an estimated $73.1 billion per year?
– Between 1987 and 2010, the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes almost tripled to 20.9 million?
– 40% of every dollar spent on food is spent on food prepared outside the home?
– 1 in 4 adults gets no leisure-time moderate or vigorous physical activity at all?
– The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend 60 minutes of physical activity every day for children?

The Weight of the Nation is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

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