• Thanks for the link Bob, I’ll be sure to watch.

    From Matthew Brown
    May 10, 2012

Calling Attention to The Weight of the Nation

The news about obesity continues to get worse. Just last week it was reported that by the year 2030 the rate of obesity among American adults will reach 42%, up from the current 36%, and the economic cost of obesity has reached a staggering $190 billion per year, up from the previous estimate of $143 billon. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans describes obesity as the “greatest single treat to public health in this century.” As gloomy as those statistics are, there is reason for hope.

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is unveiling their plan to combat obesity and it’s tremendous economic and personal costs. To kick off what I hope will be an intensive, aggressive and long term public health campaign to win the war against obesity, a four part documentary series will be aired starting this coming Monday called The Weight of the Nation. Parts 1 and 2 are to be aired Monday, May 14th at 8:00 pm EST, and parts 3 and 4 will air Tuesday, May 15th at 8:00 pm. The series will address the consequences of obesity, the challenges facing us in overcoming it—and strategies on how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain. The documentary 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), in partnership with the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. With the film making expertise of HBO and the credibility and expertise of the CDC, NIH, and IOM, I am looking forward to an interesting and informative series.

Click here to view The Weight of the Nation trailer.

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