|Focal Point: “Overweight State “
New WRAL Documentary Examines North Carolina’s Weight Problem
Airs Wednesday, June 6 at 7pm
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.
Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Debbie Strange for this capcom story.