30 March 12 The Weight of the Nation - HBO Documentary Premiers May 14-15

HBO and the Institute of Medicine have joined forces to create a new documentary about America’s obesity epidemic. Airing in four parts over May 14 and 15, “The Weight of the Nation” considers everything from how we got here, what the experts say about obesity, what our children face and what are the driving forces behind this epidemic.

Here’s the complete description about the project, as listed on the website:

Bringing together the nation's leading research institutions, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

The centerpiece of THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION campaign is the four-part documentary series, each featuring case studies, interviews with our nation's leading experts, and individuals and their families struggling with obesity. The first film, CONSEQUENCES, examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. The second, CHOICES, offers viewers the skinny on fat, revealing what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain. The third, CHILDREN IN CRISIS, documents the damage obesity is doing to our nation's children. Through individual stories, this film describes how the strong forces at work in our society are causing children to consume too many calories and expend too little energy; tackling subjects from school lunches to the decline of physical education, the demise of school recess and the marketing of unhealthy food to children. The fourth film, CHALLENGES, examines the major driving forces causing the obesity epidemic, including agriculture, economics, evolutionary biology, food marketing, racial and socioeconomic disparities, physical inactivity, American food culture, and the strong influence of the food and beverage industry.

Currently, researchers are predicting that 42% of Americans will be obese by 2030, and yet it seems that Americans can’t go a day without reading or seeing on TV an advertisement for quick and big weight loss pills, tactics and diets, as if it’s normal to drop 20 pounds in two weeks or was easy to lose 100 pounds.

The health of those who are obese can be improved just by losing 5-10% of one’s starting weight, according to several studies. But we don’t see that touted as the “answer” to losing weight in those flashy ads, right?

Ryan Newhouse

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