The Weight of the Nation


In this gripping four part documentary series by HBO, we hear from leading experts and the individuals struggling with obesity on a daily basis. Examining the scope of the obesity epidemic in the United States, The Weight of the Nation explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. We learn what science has shown about losing weight, the secrets to maintaining a healthy weight and what we can do to prevent putting it back on.

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.

Find out the major driving forces causing the obesity epidemic, including agriculture, economics, evolutionary biology, food marketing, racial and socio-economic disparities, physical inactivity, American food culture, and the strong influence of the food and beverage industry.

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