New WRAL Documentary Examines North Carolina’s Weight Problem

WRAL-TV logo Focal Point: “Overweight State “
New WRAL Documentary Examines North Carolina’s Weight Problem
Airs Wednesday, June 6 at 7pm

Focal Point Nearly two-thirds of adults in North Carolina are overweight or obese, putting them at greater risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.   About 30% of our state’s children are also overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, increasing their chances of serious health problems as well.  WRAL’s new “Focal Point” documentary “Overweight State” examines North Carolina’s weight problem, including its causes, costs and cures.  The program is hosted by WRAL news anchor and reporter Monica Laliberte and airs Wednesday, June 6 at 7pm.

 “Focal Point: Overweight State” looks at the obesity problem in North Carolina and the behaviors that lead both children and adults down the path to obesity.  It examines the societal factors that influence those behaviors including the food we eat, parental modeling, mass media advertising and the increased use of computers, video games and other devices that help make our lives more sedentary. 

“Overweight State” examines the financial impact of the problem from increased health care costs to lost productivity and it looks at the effectiveness of programs and campaigns by government agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses to solve the problem. 

The documentary profiles real North Carolinians struggling with obesity, as well as physicians and other experts in the field.  In addition, the program looks at some programs that help people overcome their weight problem.

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“Overweight State” is the fifteenth episode in the WRAL documentary series called Focal Point.  These in-depth news documentaries focus on a single topic, bringing depth and clarity to complicated issues facing North Carolina.  From North Carolina’s economy and environment, to health care and race relations – Focal Point takes viewers inside the lives of the people most affected.  Focal Point tackles the tough questions with leaders and policymakers who have the power to effect change.  WRAL News anchors, including David Crabtree, Pam Saulsby, Bill Leslie, Gerald Owens and Debra Morgan, host the series.  Six to eight new episodes of Focal Point will be produced each year. 

Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Debbie Strange for this capcom story.

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