June 10, 2004
KING-TV to air "Generation at Risk: A Healthlink Special with Jean Enersen" on June 23
Seattle, WA -- Childhood obesity is reaching epidemic proportions nationally and locally. Nearly 30 percent of U.S. children and teens are overweight or at risk for being overweight. At Seattle's Odessa Brown Children's Clinic, doctors say their patients are above the national average. KING 5 News Anchor Jean Enersen explores the obesity epidemic affecting children and teens throughout the Northwest in "Generation at Risk: A Heathlink Special with Jean Enersen," Wednesday, June 23, 8-9pm on KING 5.
The program examines a range of social and psychological issues that are contributing to childhood obesity. A local teenage girl candidly shares her struggle with obesity. She explains how low self esteem and depression almost tore her family apart and how she turned her life around by losing more than 100 pounds. We also witness how much sugary, fatty food children consume every day. Two teenagers from West Seattle High School go undercover and give us a "student's-eye-view" of what kids are eating at lunch.
"Generation at Risk," also includes information on the steps several communities in our state are taking to prevent obesity. Lincoln Elementary in Olympia recently started serving an organic salad bar to students at lunch. It's the first school in the state to do so and we'll find out what the students think and how it's become a model for other schools. Also profiled is Spokane's revamped physical education program. District 81 is the first large school district in the country to have comprehensive health and fitness curriculum. Plus, we'll visit several families in the area to see how they're helping their sons and daughters lose weight. The program will also air on NorthWest Cable News (NWCN), Friday, June 25, 7-8pm and KONG 6/16, Sunday, June 27, 9-10pm.
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