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Obesity: It's Gaining On Us

An OnQ Special Report

OnQ and WQED Multimedia are proud to be partners with Highmark
in this one-hour special taking a serious look at obesity.

The Pittsburgh region has taken the lead in fighting obesity at many levels: from community education to public policy to regional strategies. This special report addresses the most important, and sometimes controversial issues including, gastric bypass, childhood obesity and self-esteem.


OnQ contributor Lynn Sawyer takes a comprehensive look at the high physical, mental, emotional and financial cost of obesity. From patients who are grappling with their weight - to health care workers who treat this condition - and insurance companies who pay out claims.

A Bethel Park man talks openly about how he was teased and discriminated against as an overweight child. Now, he strives to prevent his own children from a similar fate. Michael Bartley reports.

Related Link:
Obesity Research

Meet a local fifth grader, who is fighting his weight - and his high cholesterol. Lynn Sawyer reports a success story, due in part to KidShape, a weight-management program for children.

Additional Resources for parents and children:
KidShape Website
or call 1-866-283-4995

Healthy Kids Challenge Website

Kids' Health Website

Center For Science in the Public Interest:
10 Best/Worst Foods for Children

The President's Challenge
Physical Activity and Fitness Rewards Program

"Measuring your BMI"
BMI stands for Body Mass Index. On Q's Tonia Caruso explains why you should be paying attention to this health standard.

Related Link:
Calculate your BMI

We've often heard, "It's not what you're eating, it's what's eating you." OnQ's Carol Lee Espy takes us into the pyschology of overeating.

Related Link:
Weight Management Center

Many experts believe that a region with an environment conducive to physical activity reduces the obesity rate. Lynn Sawyer reports on how Pittsburgh fares as a healthy city.

Related Links:
Allegheny Trail Alliance
Friends of the River Front
Venture Outdoors

Many obese patients have tried and failed to lose weight through diet and exercise. More and more people are now turning to laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery because of fewer complications and faster recovery time. Lynn Sawyer reports.

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