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WASHINGTON Unfortunately, American Indians and Alaska Natives struggle to keep their weights down. American Indians and Alaska Natives are 1.6 times as likely to be obese than non-Hispanic Caucasians, according to the Office of Minority Health.
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However, obesity is not unique only to American Indians. The obesity epidemic is a problem that has emerged over the past three decades. Obesity threatens our nation's social, economic and physical health. Unlike a natural disaster, obesity can be prevented.
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers.
An HBO Documentary Films series on obesity, "The Weight of the Nation," premiered in May 2012. The four-part series Consequences, Choices, Children in Crisis, and Challenges highlighted several National Institutes of Health research advances and addressed the factors contributing to the countryâ€™s obesity problem.
Tribal and urban health clinics can access materials to create an awareness campaign.
The films are the centerpiece to a public awareness campaign, which also includes a three-part HBO Family series for kids, 12 short films, a website and social media, and a nationwide community based outreach effort using free film discussion guides and other tools. To request a film screening kit, visit The Weight of the Nation »
posted August 14, 2012 7:00 am edt