Weighty Matters, Louisiana’s Obesity ProblemWhat factors in Louisiana’s lifestyle – and history - contribute to its weight problems?
Louisiana’s obesity rate has risen 14.5 percent over the last 15 years, making it the 5th most overweight state. For the percentage of obese children, Louisiana rises to 4th place, with nearly 21 percent of ten to seventeen-year olds facing this condition. What factors in Louisiana’s lifestyle – and history - contribute to its weight problems? How does obesity impact other Louisiana health conditions and costs? And where should the line be drawn between personal responsibility and legislative intervention?
Original Broadcast Wednesday, February 22, 2012 on LPB HD
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Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s monthly news and public affairs program, “Louisiana Public Square” topic for February is Louisiana’s obesity problem. Karen Elkind-Hirsch, MSc, PhD, HCLD0 of Woman’s Metabolic Health Clinic appears as one of the panelists.
The format of “Louisiana Public Square” is citizen roundtable discussion for approximately 15 minutes followed by Q&A with a panel of experts on the month’s topic for the remainder of the hour. Shauna Sanford is Guest Host of Louisiana Public Square and Co-Anchor of Louisiana: The State We're In. The other panel members Secretary Bruce Greenstein, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD, FACSM, Assistant Executive Director of Population Science, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Kenneth J. Phenow, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
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