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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0081TYVFM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,225 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

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

Editorial Reviews

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.

Customer Reviews

Watched "consequences" and "choices".
Lee Bridges
Even if you feel like you're well-informed about diet and weight loss you will find something new in this documentary to open your eyes.
Andres Echevarria
It is very inclusive, unbiased presentation of both side of each issue.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A. Schide on May 23, 2012
Format: DVD
This documentary has to be THE most important health information out in the media today! Based on evidenced-based research, each part hits home in one area or another. Obesity is not alone in creating grave health issues for our selves...and more horribly, our children. Being a "little overweight" is no longer an excuse to avoid waking up and seeing the truth in our mirrors, blood pressure checks, and lab work. The truth hurts and this documentary pulls no punches. However, the truth will set you free. Watch this entire documentary by yourself, with your family, with your neighbors, and with your local schools to see how effective small steps make in reducing hypertension and type II diabetes in our 5-7 year olds (per a study of two local pre-primary schools)! Come on, America... where is all that "pride" seen on those bumper stickers...get moving! Start with this riveting movie produced in collaboration of our Institute of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. THANK YOU HBO for providing the media for this wonderful project. - A less-than-in-optimum-health RN.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Mierendorf on January 8, 2013
Format: DVD
Below is a review of all four parts of Weight of the Nation. Because of the importance of the weight issue in America, HBO has made the films available to watch on their website for free. You don't need to subscribe to HBO to be able to see them. Additionally, the website offers resources to learn more about the weight issue, what you can do for yourself and others, and how to live a healthier life.

Part 1: Consequences

The series begins discussing BMI (body mass index) and how BMI is used to determine the percentage of Americans who are overweight or obese. Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight, and those with a BMI over 30 are considered obese. Using that calculation, a recent survey conducted by the CDC determined that 68.8% of Americans fall within this unhealthy level. Focusing on personal stories and accounts, the series uses these stories (like the Bogalusa Heart Study) to give a visual understanding of the problem from childhood to adulthood.

Through these stories, it's easy to see the visual consequences of carrying extra weight. Because the documentary details the causes of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease--just to name a few--and shows people actually afflicted by these diseases, it can be tough to watch. The doctors and experts that are interviewed are compassionate but honest--they realize that, in most cases, many of these diseases are preventable.

Some of the most alarming stats indicate that obesity rates skyrocketed in the 1980s, transforming obesity into a national problem. While in the late 1980s and early 90s, the South had some of the heaviest people in the nation (and still does), unfortunately today every region suffers from obesity and its medical and economic impacts.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. E. S. on May 26, 2012
Format: DVD
This is an excellently done series. As a nation, we need to address obesity as it impcts us on all levels, and is probably the most dangerous threat facing our children as well. Your chances of dying of cancer are increased by 40%,just to start, &diabetes is a huge danger with overweight.

Our financial situation as a nation is jeopardized, and our future as a nature as a nation compromised. With agrabiz and culture set toward cheap, easily affordable foods, we are set on a track of failure. Yet I know some people who eat very healthily and are still obese, so there is more to this pervasive problem, including our cultural and sociological references... We need to act now, to change the patterns that cause overweight and obesity in this country. 1 out of 3 whites and one out of two black or hispanics are going to be overweight in a few years.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dee J. on July 16, 2012
Format: DVD
Like most people, I am trying to lose a few pounds and found this documentary very helpful and supportive. I will be purchasing the DVD collection, since HBO has made it easy to afford and I understand it has a number of bonus features.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NYFB on September 4, 2012
Format: DVD
If you are a parent, do yourself a favour and watch DVD#3 ASAP since it is the best gift you will ever give yourself and your siblings. I am into sports and healthy diet. Watching educational documentaries is a tool to a healthy body, mind and spirit. I have never seen a documentary with so many distinctive professionals from the private sector as well as the public sector discussing health. This is a true documentary with scientific facts. GM food industry and the big pharma have the most powerful lobbyist out there. It is financially more beneficial to have a sick society instead of a healthy society. Although the message of this documentary can be personal since there is no better gift to a human being other than a healthy body and a healthy mind regardless of the amount of wealth a human being can acquire, unfortunately educating the public to achieve such goal will never be possible as long as we have a political system which is designed to benefit the one percent. Corporate greed will never allow a healthy society since it is not about the society it is about greed and profit.

They should show this documentary in the political conventions and address this kind of issues for a healthy and happy society instead of humiliating each other for personal gain. Bravo NIH and HBO.
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