In an unusual pairing of interests – HBO has teamed up with the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the CDC and Institutes of Health to produce a new documentary entitled “The Weight of the Nation”.
It’s been awhile since the last good food documentary – Food, Inc. – was released, so it will be interesting to see what has evolved in the world of food politics over the past few years.
[Spoiler alert: we've gotten fatter.]
Obesity rates continue to rise – 2/3 of adults over age 20 and 1/3 of those age 2-19 are overweight or obese. This documentary seeks to look at the “crippling effects of the crisis on our healthcare system.”
Produced in part with support from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, the movie took three years to make. The four-part series airs on HBO May 14 and 15, 2012.
Check out the trailer below, and for the nutrition activist and advocate types, request to host a screening in your area by clicking here.