Naperville Tuned In

Obesity affects more than half of the population in the United States, and it’s both preventable and treatable.

The community recently came to city hall to watch parts of the HBO documentary, “Weight of the Nation,” which showcases reasons why the issue is on the rise, and ways it affects the country’s healthcare system.

Medical care costs to treat obesity in men, women, and children in the U.S. are soaring to nearly $150 billion a year, and about half of those costs are paid for by public funds like Medicare and Medicaid.

After the movie, a panel of health experts answered questions from the audience, helping stress the causes of the growing epidemic, and also ways to prevent it.

Naperville Fitness Expert, Nicki Anderson, addressed the audience. “Exercise and eating well is a necessity. It’s not a choice anymore. And so as families and community leaders, we need to come together and say, what can we do inspire our children to move more and it has to start at home,” she said.

The event was put together by the Fry Family YMCA, and an organization called Fighting Obesity Reaching Healthy Weight Among Residents of DuPage or “FORWARD,” which works to help reduce the risk of obesity in DuPage County.

Being overweight increases the risks for type-two diabetes, heart disease, many types of cancers, and other serious illnesses.

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