The Weight of the Nation event at CSU explores obesity

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Mar 062013
 

Author: Makenzie O’Keefe

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A large and often overlooked issue across our nation is obesity. An event here on campus last week , held by a local student, highlighted this issue and how we can make a difference. With obesity rates on the rise, it is important we are aware of this national problem. An event, the Weight of the Nation, held in the Lory Student Center last Thursday explored this topic.

A room of 100 people viewed the HBO film, The Weight of the Nation, that focused n the intensity of obesity in our country. The film was followed by an intriguing question and answer session. The event highlights how we as students here at CSU could help. It provided tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle. It focused on the importance of eating healthy, exercising, and walking places instead of driving.

The 1oo participants ended the night signing a pledge to live healthier, and to spread the word on campus how to get involved. With 1/3 of adults in America being considered obese, this event was important in bringing awareness to our campus. If you are interested in viewing the films, learning more or seeing what actions you can take against obesity, go to The Wight of the Nation website at http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com. For CTV News, I’m Makenzie O’Keefe.

COINS Colorado health in jeopardy: marijuana, obesity, and more

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Sep 202012
 

Author: Sophie Vukovich

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Health in Colorado is making the news in many ways. Medical marijuana, obesity, and the “popcorn lung” were all discussed in more detail on tonight’s show. Check out the second episode of Colorad-Ins for more detail.

Colorado obesity predicted to be near 50 percent in 2030

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Sep 202012
 

Author: Sophie Vukovich

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Colorado prides itself on being the thinnest state, however recent fear says that obesity is rising quickly. Across the nation, there are currently 78 million obese adults and 12.5 million obese children. The Los Angeles Times suggests ways to motivate weight loss. Here in Colorado, currently 20 percent of the state is obese. However it is predicted that up to 45 percent are going to be obese by 2030. Not only that but they say that half of the population of 39 out of the 50 states will be obese.

Obesity is defined as a medical condition, and can have many negative side effects. If almost half of Colorado’s population is struggling with a medical condition, it could do a lot of collateral damage economically as well.

It’s important that we start battling this; the fight agains obesity starts now. Parents can start preventing childhood obesity along with healthier eating habits and exercising themselves.

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