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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Weight of the Nation DVD Review

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Weight of the Nation DVD Review
Synopsis: Continuing the tradition of 2007’s Addiction and 2009’s The Alzheimer’s Project in spotlighting the nation’s most pressing health issues, HBO addresses the issue of obesity in The Weight of the Nation, an initiative that will help launch one of the most far-reaching public health campaigns on this epidemic to date. Developed in partnership with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and in association with some of the world’s foremost health-research organizations. Three years in the making, The Weight of the Nation spotlights the facts and myths of this public-health crisis, showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and cripples the health care system.
Review:  The Weight of the Nation is a controvertial documentary that aired on HBO this year regarding weightloss.   The documentary itself is very well produced and most of the experts are dead-on...there are a few points that have found some intense debate online, but we'll leave you to explore this on your own.  The overall message on this one is strong and its a rather informative and extensive look at our biggest public health crisis.
The special features include: Includes 11 bonus films with run times from 15-30 minutes each: 
1. Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: The Risks of Excess Weight 
2. Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
3. Latino Health Access: A Model of Community Action
4. Nashville Takes Action: A City Battles Obesity
5. Can a Lifetime of Excess Weight Lead to Heart Disease?
6. Poverty and Obesity: When Healthy Food Isn’t an Option
7. Stigma: The Human Cost of Obesity
8. Overweight in the Workplace: How Wellness Programs can help the American Workforce
9. The Quest to Understand the Biology of Weight Loss
10. Is Weight Something We Inherit?
11. Healthy Foods and Obesity Prevention: Increasing Markets for Fruit and Vegetable Farmers
Interest Range: Documentary