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HBO: The Weight of the Nation Films Part 3: Children in Crisis

Childhood obesity is much more than a cosmetic concern. The health consequences of childhood obesity include greater risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and other serious illnesses. The combination of these health effects and the dramatic increase in childhood obesity rates over the past three decades causes some experts to fear this may be the first generation of American children who will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

HBO covers the crisis we see for our children in this film.  It is a multi-faceted problem and alarming to say the least.  The film covers a number of the factors in the world our children live in – the food, the advertising, the pull of TV and the internet, etc. and the impact this has on their weight and health.  It is a wake-up call you don’t want to ignore.

You can view the film online here, or below.

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