The Weight of the Nation Event Tuesday, January 15

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The YWCA of Asheville is proud to be a part of this important event.

Click here to register to attend.

From the press release:


Wilma M. Sherrill Center, UNC Asheville, Tuesday January 15th, 5:30 pm

Community members are gathering to watch, a segment from a four-part series called THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION, a powerful documentary series 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 film is screening today at the Wilma M. Sherrill Center at UNC Asheville, with guest keynote speaker, Terry Bellamy. The idea is to spark conversation in the community about how to combat obesity at the local level. THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION multi-part series aired on HBO on May 14 and 15, 2012.

THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION was developed with the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. At todayʼs screening, many of our communityʼs own organizations are attending the event and participating in the discussion They include: Asheville Chamber of Commerce, Wellspring, Buncombe County Department of Health, Yes!, N.C. Center for Health and Wellness, the YMCA of WNC, United Way and the YWCA.

In the U.S., 68 percent of adults age 20 and over are overweight or obese, while 31.7 percent of the nationʼs children and adolescents age two to 19 are overweight or obese.* Obesity contributes to five of the ten leading causes of death in America, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and stroke.** Moreover, like many other public health problems, lower income communities and communities of color are disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic. In fact, nine of the 10 states with the highest obesity prevalence are also among the poorest.***

“To build a healthy nation, weʼre all going to have to do our part – individuals, communities, local, state and the federal government,” notes Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “If the obesity rates continue to stay high, weʼre 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.”


*National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
**Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
***Youfa Wang and May A. Beydoun, from the Center for Human Nutrition, Department of International
Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md. Jan. 25, 2007.

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