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"The Profiles Series" Announces Important Program on Childhood Obesity in America


“The Profiles Series,” an award-winning educational television program dedicated to informative, educational programming, announced today that it will produce a special-edition program on overcoming childhood obesity in America.

With the incidence of childhood obesity increasing worldwide—most dramatically in industrialized nations—the Brody School of Medicine will be profiled on an upcoming episode of The Profiles Series that addresses the need to overcome this alarming health crisis.

“The epidemic of childhood obesity has become so widespread, so pervasive in American society that we risk young generations plagued by health problems and early mortality. Not only is it a public health disaster, it’s also becoming and will be a tremendous burden on the healthcare system,” commented Wali Waiters, Executive Producer. “We are committed to shedding light on the crisis and forming a battle plan to overcome it. It’s just imperative.”

In industrialized nations, millions of people live sedentary lifestyles. They eat more fast foods which are high in fat, calories, and most dangerously, trans fatty acids. Studies indicate that in just 2 decades, the incidence of overweight children doubled in the US for the 6 to 11 age group, and tripled in the teenage bracket.

According to the annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one-third of children in the United States are overweight or at risk for being overweight. The survey also indicates that about 25 million US children and adolescents are “overweight or nearly overweight.”

The mission of The Profiles Series is to create quality programming that will inform, educate and enlighten their viewers both nationally and internationally. Covering a variety of topics including health, medical, business, and environmental issues, The Profiles Series can be seen on cable networks nationwide, and internationally on Voice of America Television.


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