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Thursday, February 20, 2014

OSU-Tulsa to host screening of documentary on obesity epidemic

The Weight of the NationOklahoma State University-Tulsa will host a special community screening of the first installment of the HBO documentary, “The Weight of the Nation” on Thursday, March 6 at 6 p.m. in the OSU-Tulsa Auditorium.

“Obesity has become a serious threat to the health of our nation and it is important to facilitate community action to improve the health of our community members,” said Tracy Freudenthaler, health and human performance instructor at OSU-Tulsa. “This documentary is a great springboard to prompt participants to adopt active lifestyles for themselves and their families through physical activity.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. Obesity increases the risk of a number of health conditions including hypertension, adverse lipid concentrations and type 2 diabetes.

The four-part documentary examines the facts and myths of the epidemic, showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and the health care system. The film features case studies and interviews with leading experts, individuals and families struggling with obesity. The first installment, “Consequences,” examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health effects of being overweight or obese.

Before the documentary, participants will be introduced to health and wellness resources at OSU-Tulsa. Dr. Suzy Harrington, OSU chief wellness officer, will discuss how the OSU system is striving to be “America’s Healthiest Campus.”

“The Weight of the Nation,” is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

The screening is free and open to the public. Registration is requested at www.osu-tulsa.okstate.edu/hep/weight-rsvp.php. For more information, contact Freudenthaler ­­­at 918-633-8148 or tracyfs@okstate.edu.

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