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Be Well: Obesity

The Be Well: Obesity shares the stories of Northeast Ohio residents that wrestle with the consequences of obesity every day, and explores some positive measures that can be taken to change the direction of this devastating epidemic.

  • Starting in the 1980’s, there has been a drastic increase in obesity rates in the United States.  

  • Today, more than 1/3 of adults in the U.S. are obese.

  • If current trends continue, by 2030 all 50 states will have obesity rates of 44% or higher and ½ the U.S. population will have developed type 2 diabetes.

From genetics, into our homes and neighborhoods, viewers explore the insidious nature of obesity and the courage it takes to combat it. Doctors and public health experts also weigh in with advice and tips for patients committed to fighting the fat.

See the documentary chapters below to view each segment and find related information from NetWellness.  You may also want to explore the NetWellness Healthy Weight Center topic to find in-depth information.

You can also find much more information on the program as well as resources in Northeast Ohio at ideastream: Be Well: Obesity.


Chapter 1: How did we get here?


Obesity is expensive! Learn about the associated health risks and rising medical costs.  Obesity is growing. Track the history of the obesity epidemic through a series of maps from the CDC and hear from an expert about reasons behind the trend.

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Chapter 2: Lifestyle

Meet 48-year old Randy who shares his story about following the typical American lifestyle and becoming obese.  Learn more about Gastric Bypass Surgery, a surgical treatment for those struggling with obesity.  

Chapter 3: BMI

What is BMI? Learn how doctors use a mathematical formula to screen for obesity and why it’s important to know your BMI number.  BMI isn’t everything, knowing your waist size to height ratio and the fat content of your body is important too.  Watch this chapter and then find out more on NetWellness.

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Chapter 4: Family History

Obesity tends to run in families. One reason is due to DNA and the other is due to family culture.  Certain ethnic and racial groups tend to eat high carb and high fat foods. Follow the journey of 56-year old Rosey who has battled both genetics and family traditions her whole life.  See how Rosey has used diet and exercise to help lose weight.

Chapter 5: Stress

Chronic stress is another factor that feeds obesity. It can cause hormonal problems that lead to increased appetite and more fat storage. David shares his experience gaining weight while trying to balance career, children, marriage, and aging parents.  

Use these netwellness tools to manage your stress in healthy ways and stay healthy at work:

Chapter 6: Poverty & Food Deserts

People in low-income neighborhoods are more likely to live in so called “food deserts” – neighborhoods with limited access to healthy foods. 38-year Nikkie shares her experience trying to feed a large family on a limited budget.  

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For more information:

Go to the Healthy Weight Center health topic.