Last week at the Hoskins Center on the Campus of Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Mercer Auditorium, we continued the conversation on obesity after the screening of the HBO Special Documentary, “The weight of the nation”, with the panel discussion. This film, “Consequences,” examined the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight.
The attendees had an up close and personal view of how being overweight stresses the bodies organs, and how that stress leads to even more complicated chronic lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney involvement, many cancers and early death.
The panel leader, Peter Brodhead, certified nutritionist and owner of Brighter Day Natural Foods Market, told us that changing our food choices is the key to weight loss and health management, and therefore a better life. By making the choice for fresh, locally grown foods, opting out of sugared beverages and processed foods, our weight would easily normalize, and that adding exercise to the equation would end the battle with weight, for good. Katrina Jones was not surprised to learn that 66 percent of Americans are now overweight or obese. “It’s a struggle to find time to work out, even though we all know it helps in keeping the weight down. “Things have changed so much, we’re just not as active as we once were,” Jones said.
For our third venue the film “Choices,” will be screened on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 4PM at the beautiful Circa1867 historic African American Museum, the Beach Institute, located at 502 E. Harris Street in Savannah. “Choices” will reveal even more insights on losing weight, maintaining weight loss and preventing weight gain. Join us, and join the discussion.
The last film in the series “Challenges,” will be screened on November 15th at Live Oak’s Southwest Library on Savannah’s Southside, at 5:30 PM. And as with all the screenings, we’ll have a panel of local experts to answer your questions.
This film will examine the major forces behind the obesity epidemic, including agriculture, economics, evolutionary biology, food marketing, racial and the socioeconomic disparities, physical inactivity, American food culture and the strong influence of the food and beverage industry.
‘It’s very clear that the issue of obesity is not going to get solved in the doctor’s office or in the hospital,” Baxter continued. .