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HBO’s Weight of the Nation Documentary Series Starts Tonight

Obesity in America has reached a catastrophic level. Almost every aspect of our lives is threatened.The first step toward ending the damage is learning how to fight back.

The first film in The Weight of the Nation series examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese.

For all the remarkable high-tech tools available to medicine, for all the billions of dollars in drug research, there's still no highly effective medication to prevent or reverse obesity - why?

Some experts fear this may be the first generation of American children who will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

The final film of the series examines the origins and severity of the obesity epidemic, examines its major driving forces and looks at opportunities for communities to fight back.

HBO will air its “Weight of the Nation” Documentary series tonight and tomorrow night.   The entire series will also be available online today or tomorrow.  The series will generate a good deal of debate on what to do about the obesity epidemic, but the primary message – that we need to do something (and do it now) will probably be universally accepted.

I would caution you to be careful not to believe some of the dietary advice that may flow from the film.  Certain dietary preferences, such as eating low fat are being roundly criticized as incorrect.   Make up your own mind about any diet you choose to follow.

The series will be in four parts, with the first two on Monday evening and the last two on Tuesday evening:

  • Part 1 “Consequences” and Part 2 “Choices” starting on Monday 8:00 PM Eastern
  • Part 3 “Children in Crisis” and Part 4 “Challenges” starting on Tuesday  8:00 PM Eastern

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