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06/12 - Weighty Matters: Louisiana’s Obesity Problem (Encore Presentation)

06/12 - Weighty Matters: Louisiana’s Obesity Problem (Encore Presentation)

What 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? Watch an encore presentation of “Weighty Matters: Louisiana’s Obesity Problem” Wednesday, June 27th at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.
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there are many facets to this problem of obesity. and i want to make it very clear that i am not picking on the people on welfare. but, when i was younger and working in a small grocery store, i noticed that the people on welfare would come in with their welfare stamp books and buy certain items that had to be cooked at home. they were not allowed to buy chips, sodas, candy, etc. it had to be wholesome food that was cooked at home. now i stand in the grocery store and watch them with carts FULL of JUNK! and almost all of them are grossly overweight and so are their children.i know alot of people who are not on welfare who are also heavy. yes, i do agree that it is a choice but when given a choice, without knowledge, they will choose snack cakes over broccoli any day. since so many are on welfare and shopping this way the problem is way out of control. and we all have to pay for it. the welfare program needs to be reworked for the better and stop allowing the junk food to be purchased at the taxpayers expense. medicaid as well. if i am not mistaken, it was about 15-20 years ago when the louisiana purchase card came in and the food stamp books were phased out. and the state could no longer charge tax on food purchased with stamps,card.

Posted by l. barnes  on  06/25  at  04:31 PM

I enjoyed the episode regarding LA obesity, specifically as it related to young people.  It is unfortunate that some young people are not encouraged to “move” on a daily or at least, a usual basis.  Further unfortunate is the lack of physical education in the school system.  This could be the only time young people may be able to “move” and it has been cut from most school budgets.  While I completely understand budgetary issues, young people should have some type of activity that is not completely classroom-based and have ability to do something “fun” in their day.  In regard to school lunch programs, better and healthier meals are a wonderful idea, however, it too, is a budgetary issue.  Not long ago, a renowned chef hosted a television show and proved that offering better and healthier meals is possible (budgetarily speaking) and the young people liked the meals!  Measures can be taken to address the obesity issues our young people face but no one wants to spearhead a total revamp of programs that deal with the issue.  If no one come to the rescue, the young people will be the generation with earlier and numerous health problems that stemmed from no one being brave enough to say, “Hey, I’m going to be the one to come to the rescue.”  Since most of LAs young people are recipients of the Louisiana Purchase program, one way to combat the issue is to only cover foods and beverages with acutal health benefits and not “juck food or junk food related items (soda).”  As each day goes by and nothing is changed or challenged, that is one day closer to young people becoming more obese.

Posted by Trish Mestayer  on  06/27  at  09:39 PM

Hello: I am writing in response to the obesity problem that is plaguing our young people and adults as well. I live in the country near Saline, La. The problem back here in the woods is mostly the availability of healthy type food products. We have to drive to Shreveport to purchase any kind of bread other than plain old white bread. Fresh vegetables are a scarcity and the eating places are fried this, fried that, whatever can be fried.There is simply a lack of healthy eating establishments without driving 60 miles in any direction. In addition the schools offer no physical education programs for the children and give them minimum time allowance for eating their lunches. We have no parks for recreation other than a lake that they charge you to use..The summer heat is usually unbearable and most kids just simply stay inside. We need to develop some kind of activity programs for not only the kids but for the old timers like myself..Every one loves to eat but a little bit of fried everything goes a long way..We need to institute some healthy food choices for everyone..Maybe some walking or jogging paths and a small park perhaps would certainly be a start in the right direction.

Posted by Linda Hackworth  on  06/28  at  10:56 AM

Congratulations staff, and particularly Ms.Sanford, for an outstanding program concerning “Weighty Matters:Louisiana’s Obesity Problem”. Ms. Sanford, you did a great job as moderator on the program last night (a re-broadcast). My wife is a registered dietitian. Some of her duties include counseling patients who will/or have undergone bariatric surgery. I am a retired public school teacher. I think most schools provide very nutritious meals. I do believe all “junk food” and soft drink machines should be removed from campuses. I also think all students should be required to do strenuous exercise outside or in the gym. They should also learn good nutrition via PE classes. Both of these ideas were mentioned last night. Again, thank-you for a great program.

Posted by George Couvillon  on  06/28  at  03:40 PM
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