The Weight of the Nation
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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It was a timely and informative movie that made me think about my eating habits.Published 1 month ago by D. Johnson
Excellent commentary about an issue that plagues our nation- obesity. Gives you food for thought and change!Published 2 months ago by Pat Nawrocki
Watched the 'Consequences' episode with my 10-y/o and we both found this very interesting & we learned A LOT! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Leah Borski