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'Weight of Nation' documentary available on web

COVINGTON -- The Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale County Health Departments are encouraging citizens to watch the four-part documentary, "The Weight of the Nation," which is now available at the health department's website, www.gnrhealth.com.

Three years in the making, "The Weight of the Nation" examines the facts and myths of this urgent public health issue, showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and the health care system, according to GNR Communications Manager Karen Shields.

The film features case studies and interviews with leading experts, individuals and families struggling with obesity. The series also highlights how individuals, worksites and communities are making positive changes.

In the U.S., 68 percent of adults age 20 and older are overweight or obese, while 31.7 percent of the nation's children and adolescents, ages 2 to 19, are overweight or obese. Obesity contributes to five of the 10 leading causes of death in America, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, many cancers, stroke and kidney disease.

"The Weight of the Nation" is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

For more information, go to www.gnrhealth.com.

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Silverbullet 1 year, 10 months ago

A WARNING! I know the medical community such as the CDC and the WHO dont seem to be really interested in 'curing' diseases. Why you ask? One of my doc pals who I presented the same cure for many bacterial, viral and mold spore infections including MRSA to, told me when I asked him why I had no response to my correspondence to those agencies was, "There aint no money in it!" With this simple device (About $40.00) we could cut communicable disease by at least 25% overnight by placing one in schools, hospitals, universities, public rest rooms and government buildings. The major problem with obesity is very simple. Although they tell us there is an identical amount of components in high fruitcose corn sweeteners and sugar, there is one thing they are not telling us. In the corn sweeteners the components are not bonded together. In sugar the components are chemically bound together. Corn sweeteners go directly into your system, as in immediate, complete uptake. When you eat 'real' sugar, your body has to do work to separate the compounds for uptake and that in itself burns calories. More importantly, there is not a complete uptake of the sugar because a portion of it is eliminated before it is broken down. You can go online and compare the increase in high fruitcose corn sweetener useage and see the identical graph incline shape as to the obesity increase. These graphs are available online beginning in 1992. Identical increases indicate one thing. The obesity problems began with the widespread use of high fruitcose corn sweeteners. A large part of the blame goes to the USDA. When agribusiness finds a crop they can make a lot of money on, rather than testing the crop to see if there are any harmful side effects, the USDA promotes the crop to the public and sometimes gives subsidies to the farmers to grow it! Soy is an excellent example. When farmers found they could get three crops a year instead of two (Previously wheat and hay for example) it was promoted as a great consumable. Truth is 49% of all people living in the United States have a soy allergy. Great for docs who specialize in allergies, eh? So, in conclusion, please dont eat nor dare feed your children ANYTHING with the high fruitcose corn sweeteners. And take a moment to sit down at your computer and write a note to the people who are selling us this unhealthy product. Tell them about their responsibility to the public. Let them know we are not stupid!

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