Physician Focus Special: Obesity in Massachusetts

Obesity and overweight are two of the nation's biggest health problems, affecting people of all ages, contributing to rising levels of chronic disease, and driving up health care costs to uncharted levels. The National Center for Health Statistics calculates that more than 30 percent of American adults - some 60 million people - are obese, and another 35 percent are overweight.

In Massachusetts, more than 1 in 5 Massachusetts residents - about one million people - are obese, and almost 1 in 3 Massachusetts high-school and middle-school students are either obese or overweight.

To raise awareness of this health problem, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the State Department of Public Health, and Hopkinton Community Television have collaborated in producing a special one-hour presentation of Physician Focus: The State of our Health, the Health of our State: Obesity in Massachusetts. Created for public access television stations in Massachusetts, the video is a 60-minute package.

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