Monday, August 27, 2012

Weight of the Nation

HBO produced a four-part documentary series titled "The Weight of the Nation" that takes a look at obesity in America. North Little Rock, Arkansas has set up a local screening of the film and invited area health and wellness professionals to participate in panel discussions after each viewing. Garver Wellness Director Patricia Edwards (right) is one of the featured panelists.

A couple weeks ago, Edwards answered questions from the audience after the film "Choices," which focused on the science behind losing weight, maintaining weight loss, and preventing weight gain. She will engage with the audience again on Tuesday after the conclusion of the series. The film "Challenges" examines major driving forces behind obesity in the country and looks for opportunities for communities to fight back.

In her last discussion, Edwards was asked to comment on what a person can do to help lose weight and keep it off. Edwards focused on food portion sizes and how if a plate looks full, your brain will more likely be satisfied that you're getting enough to eat.

"I encourage our employees to eat from a 6 or 8-inch plate instead of a 10 or 12-inch plate," Edwards said.

The screenings are hosted by North Little Rock's Fit 2 Live Initiative. This movement began in 2009 when the City of North Little Rock and North Little Rock School District came together to address obesity in the city and to encourage and support healthy living. The final part of the documentary will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock.

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