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America’s obesity problem hits close to home: today, over half of LA County’s adult population is overweight or obese, a figure consistent with the growth trend seen between 1997 and 2007, when the percentage of the county’s residents – including children – jumped from 14% to 22%. Given health, economic, and other disparities within our region, obesity and its effects have afflicted some segments of our population more than others. Yet quality-of-life, workforce productivity, and health care costs have implications for the region as a whole.
On Tuesday, July 17th, KPCC’s Jose Martinez moderated “Weighing In: Addressing Obesity in L.A. County” at The Crawford Family Forum. This child and teen obesity focused program looked at clips from the HBO/Institute of Medicine documentary series “Weight of the Nation” and discussed the realities of dealing with obesity in and around Los Angeles.
Jose Martinez (KPCC OnCentral reporter)
Dr. Eric Walsh (Director, Pasadena Public Health Department)
Jackie Hernandez (Greater LA director, American Heart Association)
Carlos Morales (Founder, Eastside Bike Club)