Focal Point: Overweight State

Posted June 6, 2007
Updated November 4, 2013

Original Air Date: June 6, 2007

Nearly two-thirds of adults in North Carolina are overweight or obese, putting them at greater risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. About 30 percent of the state’s children are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, increasing their chances of serious health problems as well.

WRAL’s new “Focal Point” documentary, “Overweight State,” examines North Carolina’s weight problem, including its causes, costs and cures. The program is hosted by WRAL news anchor and reporter Monica Laliberte.

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Focal Point: Overweight State

Focal Point Extras

You Might Be Surprised ... Counting your calories? Maybe not, but we are. Find out how much fat and calories go into some typical North Carolina treats in this interactive.

WRAL Confessions ... WRAL's Bill Leslie, Valonda Calloway, Lynda Loveland, Gerald Owens David Crabtree and Elizabeth Gardner share their challenges with weight loss, eating healthy and exercise. Watch the video.

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  • skinnycow Aug 21, 2007

    I think the problem is that most people are too lazy to try diet and excercise first. I know I come from a big family. I can only name maybe one skinny person that was in our family and she is dead. Everyone else is overweight/obese. I have struggled to maintain my size 12 that the media portrays as being overweight as well. I had an aunt teach me how to eat all I want just to vomit later. I have struggled with digesting laxatives like it is candy daily for the sake of not trying to gain weight. To this day I can't eat pizze comfortably w/out vomiting afterwards. I have plenty of issues. And it is a struggle for me daily. I started eating better and excercising and dropped weight b/c my doctor made mention of high cholesterol and blood pressure. I don't want to take anyone's pill for the rest of my life. So each day is a battle. But people need to try all remedies first before going under the knife. It is a quick fix but the effects could be devastating.

  • jamib Jun 6, 2007

    Many people have started having Gastric Bypass as a "quick or easy fix" to being overweight. I know from experience that this is not easy. I almost died from the surgery and I would just like to share that you are better off dieting and exercising than you are trying to find a quick and easy way to lose weight. Sometimes quick and easy is anything but.