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Be Well

Be Well: Young and Obese

Monday, June 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM

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About the series Young and Obese.

  • One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese.
  • In Ohio close to 20% of children age 10 and over are obese.
  • Children who are obese are more than twice as likely to die before the age of 55.
  • One in three children born in 2000 will develop diabetes sometime in his or her lifetime.

The causes and consequences of childhood obesity are multidimensional and the approach to helping children and their families deal with the issue must be, too.

Be Well: Young & Obese presents real-life stories of Northeast Ohio children and families struggling to lose weight and embrace healthier habits. It also highlights innovative programs and cutting-edge research taking place in our region to combat the epidemic.

From the womb to the school cafeteria, into our homes and neighborhoods, viewers explore the insidious nature of childhood obesity and the courage it takes to combat it. Doctors and public health experts also weigh in with advice and tips for parents committed to fight the fat.

Be Well: Young & Obese premieres on WVIZ/PBS ideastream Thursday, June 27 at 8:00 PM.

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Be Well Funders

Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation The Cleveland Foundation The Community Foundation of Lorain County The McGregor Foundation The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation The Woodruff Foundation