Studio Synopsis ~ Developed in partnership with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the National Academies of Science, in association with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and with support from Kaiser Permanente and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, The Weight of the Nation is one of the largest public health campaigns on obesity the nation has seen to date.
Running Time: 400 minutes
Number of Disks: 3
– Ten Supplemental Films:
*Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: The Risks of Excess Weight
*Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
*Latino Health Access: A Model of Community Action
*Nashville Takes Action: A City Battles Obesity
*Can a Lifetime of Excess Weight Lead to Heart Disease?
*Poverty and Obesity: When Healthy Food Isn’t an Option
*Stigma: The Human Cost of Obesity
*Overweight in the Workplace: How Wellness Programs can help the American Workforce
*The Quest to Understand the Biology of Weight Loss
*Is Weight Something We Inherit?
With an über and unsettling amount of both hard-hitting data and heart-tugging interviews, “The Weight of the Nation” gives a valiant effort towards a seemingly “scared skinny” execution. And while those who don’t need it may still watch intently with mild empathy – having to stifle the common; yet misguided, thoughts of why obese people just don’t “stop eating” or wondering how someone could let themselves get to “that point” – those who do need its views might find many of the motivating factors they’ve been eternally seeking.
Speaking as someone who’s had to shop in the “husky” section since the age of 11, I unfortunately know quite a bit about the topics involved. And as much as I also know that no one bit of information, or supplement, or DVD, or tip, or threat, or promise, or coaxing, etc. can truly motivate anyone who isn’t ready to make a long term life change, the intrinsic value of positive programming such as Nation is painfully needed and positively sobering.
Piling on even more calorie burning commentary, ten healthy supplemental features hone in on key demographics ranging from the impacts of weight gain with pregnancy to a topic which I believe is at the core of many weight issues…is obesity something we’re genetically predisposed to. I know many “just put the sandwich down” authorities would have you believe that genetics plays little to no part in weight gain, and perhaps for some it doesn’t. But the myth of the oblivious fat man who downs five cheeseburgers and then wonders why he’s overweight is largely that, a myth. I think many people would be astounded how little most obese people truly eat, and the filmmakers provide some very plausible points to support this.
This isn’t of course to say that genetics totally dominates the reasoning; because I’ve had plenty of people use genetics as a crutch as well, it just means that those affected now have an even further obligation to seek help. People acquire diseases every day from genetics, be it cancer, heart disease, even alcoholism has been linked to genetics. But for some reason obesity seems to be the only illness where one can be openly; even publicly, ridiculed for having it and; in large part, the no-harm-no-foul rules still apply.
So whether you’re affected by obesity down to your dormant core, or you’re fortunate stupidity is always quick with a rhyme about failing to fit through a kitchen door, “The Weight of the Nation” provides enlightening moments of pause and the skinny on being stout.
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Director: Dan Chaykin
Central Writers: Dan Chaykin
Television Premiere: May 14, 2012
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: July 31, 2012
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE