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Greenlit: The Weight of the Nation, HBO

The Weight of the Nation (four documentary films, a three-part HBO Family series, 14 bonus shorts, a social media campaign, a book published by St. Martin’s Press and a nationwide community-based outreach campaign) – Continuing its tradition of spotlighting the nation’s most pressing health issues HBO addresses obesity, helping launch one of the most far-reaching public health campaigns on this epidemic to date. This season of programming spotlights the facts and myths of this urgent public health issue, showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and cripples the health care system. Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and arthritis are just a few of the diseases directly linked to obesity and will dramatically increase if the status quo does not change.

The centerpiece of the event is the four-part documentary series, featuring case studies and interviews with leading experts and with individuals and families struggling with obesity:

  1. Consequences – examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese.
  2. Choices – gives viewers the skinny on fat, revealing what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain.
  3. Children in Crisis – documents the damage obesity is doing to the nation’s children, tackling subjects ranging from school lunches to the decline of physical education to the marketing of unhealthy food to children.
  4. Challenges – examines the major forces behind 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.

The Weight of the Nation for Kids (3 x 30′ on HBO Family) – looks at children who have taken action to prevent obesity in their own lives and communities. From the Rethinkers, a group of New Orleans students, to the heartwarming story of a Goldsboro, NC high school student, the films offer inspiring examples of kids who have made a difference.

To facilitate community action, the campaign will reach deep into local areas to distribute 40,000 community action kits to community-based organizations working on obesity prevention. The kits, consisting of the entire series, discussion guides in English and Spanish, and tips and supplemental materials for hosting screenings, will provide essential tools to catalyze and support local efforts in communities that combat obesity across the country.

Channel: HBO

TX: May 2012

Source: HBO press realease via thefutoncritic


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