Village on a Diet puts Canada's obesity epidemic on CBC TV
The first week of January usually sees a spike in gym membership enrollments, but how many people actually stick to their resolution of exercising more and losing weight throughout the year? The CBC is launching an in-depth multiplatform focus on the health of Canadians called Canada Weighs In, which airs on CBC TV, CBC News Network, CBC Radio, and CBCNews.ca from January 2 to January 6.
Tonight sees the premiere of Village on a Diet, a 10-episode documentary series airing Mondays at 9 p.m. The series follows the northern B.C. town of Taylor, where over 60 percent of its population is either overweight or obese. However, the town has decided to attempt to lose one collective ton in the next three months and have their struggles and successes documented on camera.
In tonight's episode, viewers get to know the mining and forestry-driven town, which has a population of 1,400. Interviewees admit to eating a diet of mainly meat and potatoes and not getting much exercise during the cold winter months. A team of experts, including obesity specialist Dr. Ali Zentner, personal trainers Garfield Wilson and Mike Veinot, registered dietitian Maria Thomas, chef Jonathan Chovancek, and registered psychologist Adele Fox will help to try and turn this town around.
To coincide with this series premiere, Zentner will be talking about Canada's obesity epidemic as well as the results of a health poll that was conducted exclusively for the CBC on CBC News Network.
On Tuesday (January 4), the topic of sleep deprivation will be tackled on World Report and The National, followed by the rise in the number of Canadians who head to the Internet for diagnoses on Wednesday (January 5) on CBC News Network, World Report, World at Six, and The National. Then, on Thursday (January 6), Canada Weighs In will wrap up with an investigation on World Report, CBC News Network, and The National about whether sugar is the one to blame for the country's poor health.
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