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Fighting Fat

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About the Program

Today, about one in three American adults is considered obese. It is a health threat linked to a host of other problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and cancer, but nevertheless there has been a dramatic increase in the incidence of obesity over the last 20 years.

We'll follow the story of a local man, William Baker of Avon, who has battled obesity his entire life. His mother died from complications related to diabetes and Baker is trying to get his weight on track so he doesn't follow in his mother's footsteps. He also wants to set a positive example for his three young daughters.

Fighting Fat is presented by WVIZ/PBS & 90.3 WCPN ideastream in partnership with The Plain Dealer and WKYC Channel 3.

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The smells of food we encounter today may actually be artificial scents that marketers use to entice us to eat …even when we don't really need to.

Resources for Fighting Fat

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Resources related to the Fighting Fat coverage.

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Americans consume nearly 25% more calories today than they did in the 1970's. The Plain Dealer's Diane Suchetka explores why.

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ideastream®, the Plain Dealer, and WKYC Channel 3 team up in a project called "Fighting Fat."

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