Children in this city have a huge problem with obesity that parents are not taking seriously, according to city health officials who held a town hall meeting Wednesday night with residents.

An astounding 22,000 people have died in Philadelphia since 2000 because of obesity-related health issues, according to Dr. Giridhar Mallya, the director of policy and planning for the city Health Department.

The Department of Human Services held the meeting at 1515 Arch St. to give more information on the problem and possible resources to help fix the problem in the months and years ahead.

Because of this their is a widespread of obesity related health issues including type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension and asthma.


Poor diet and lack of physical activity are the leading contributors to Philadelphia's obesity epidemic and cause widespread diseases like type-2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension and asthma.

A new program is starting to help the problem, including "Get Health Philly," which is working to promote healthy eating, active learning, and smoke-free lifestyles.

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