City leaders brainstorm ideas to fix New Orleans' high obesity rate

Meg Farris / WWL Eyewitness News

NEW ORLEANS – The obesity rate in the Greater New Orleans area is five percentage points higher than the national average. That’s according to the CDC.

So health and city leaders are creating a common vision on how to move forward and make change.

Doctors, dietitians, researchers, fitness experts and city leaders brainstormed for solutions to battle the epidemic of childhood obesity.

“Sixty percent of parents that had overweight or obese children did not know that they had overweight or obese children because the social mores, when all the kids get together and all the parents get together, everybody looks the same. So everything must be fine, and in fact, it’s a time bomb,” said fitness expert Mackie Shilstone, who is the director of the Fitness Principle at East Jefferson General Hospital.

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