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Atlanta Health Officials Tackle Obesity In Minority Communities

Jul 1, 2015

An overweight man wears a shirt patterned after the American flag during a visit to the World Trade Center, in New York.
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Dr. Elizabeth Ofili, Director and Senior Associate Dean with the Clinical Research Center & Clinical and Transnational Research at Morehouse School of Medicine, talks on ''A Closer Look'' about obesity.
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Based on a recent study, 78 million adults and 12 million children are obese in the United States. 

Recently, health officials with the Research Centers at Minority Institutions, or RCMI, and community partners came together at the Morehouse School of Medicine to talk about obesity among minorities. Participants for the conference addressed the social and economical impact among obese minorities. 

Dr. Elizabeth Ofili, the director and senior associate dean with the Clinical Research Center at Morehouse School of Medicine, said on "A Closer Look" that the rate of obesity is so high, it's an epidemic in the United States.

"We think obesity is an epidemic because, as long as the [Center for Disease Control and Prevention] has been tracking this, the rates of obesity have simply grown exponentially," Dr. Ofili told Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer. 

Rev. Dr. Jason Owen, president of the Community Advisory Board for the Clinical Research Center at Morehouse School of Medicine, talks on ''A Closer Look'' about obesity.
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Rev. Dr. Jason Owen serves at the president of the Community Advisory Board for the Clinical Research Center at Morehouse School of Medicine.  He said on "A Closer Look" there is a key solution to reduce obesity.

"The main impenitence is the strong desire for change and we begin with that. They want to change. They don't know how and then we act as navigators – showing them how they can turn that desire into actual something that they are doing."

Dr. Ofili and Rev. Dr. Owen discussed obesity and it's impact on minorities on "A Closer Look" with Denis O' Hayer and Rose Scott.