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Fighting Fat –WVIZ/PBS Ideastream

Obesity is a serious health threat is linked to multiple other problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and cancer.  Currently, two thirds of the US adult population falls into either the overweight or obese category, and trends are increasing.  The Fighting Fat Documentary shares the story of local resident William Baker who has battled obesity his entire life. Baker’s struggle is tied to both genetics and environmental stress. His mother died from complications related to her obesity and Baker is trying to get his weight on track to set a positive example for his three daughters.


See the documentary below 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: Fighting Fat.



William Baker, a current stay-at-home dad struggles to lose his excess weight. With a BMI of 34, this puts him well within the obese category. Baker works to build muscle to increase his Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Baker must confront the making of his obesity at birth, since he has inherited a genetic pre-disposition for obesity from his mother.


Physicians also weigh in the difference between brown vs. white fat, and the signifcance of fat’s location in the body. They also note that the first step to any behavior change is to recognize what trigger’s one’s poor eating habits and work to prevent them.


Learn More From Netwellness:

For more information:

Go to the Healthy Weight Center health topic.