The Weight Of The Nation
By John Rachor Battle Creek Tabernacle to Host Screening of THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION
HBOʼs Multi-Part, Multi-Platform Series Addressing National Obesity
The Battle Creek Seventh-day Adventist Church hosted a screening of the four-part HBO documentary “The Weight of the Nation” on October 16, at 6:30 p.m. Parts 2 through 4 will follow on October 30, November 13 and November 27, all at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 264 West Michigan Avenue.
In the United States, 68 percent of adults age 20 and older are overweight or obese, while 31.7% of the nation’s children and adolescents ages two to 19 are overweight or obese. Obesity contributes to five of the 10 leading causes of death in America, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, many cancers and stroke. Moreover, like many other public health problems, lower income communities and communities of color are disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic. In fact, nine of the 10 states with the highest obesity prevalence are also among the poorest.
Three years in the making, “The Weight of the Nation,” is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. The documentary examines the facts and myths of this urgent public health issue, showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and the health care system. Thomas R Frieden, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Disease Control, states, "If the obesity rate continues, . . . we're going to face steadily increasing health care costs . . . and more lives lost to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, many cancers, and other complications.”
The film features case studies and interviews with leading experts, and individuals and families struggling with obesity. The four-part series highlights how individuals, worksites, and communities are making positive changes.
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