The obesity epidemic is the most pressing health issue facing our nation today. Obesity contributes to five of the ten leading causes of death in America, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and stroke. In the U.S., 68% of adults age 20 and over are overweight or obese, while 31.7% of the nation’s children and adolescents age two to 19 are overweight or obese.
To bring social movement and immediacy to this epidemic, HBO has teamed up with the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente to develop a robust series of videos, print material, and social media campaign. Three years in the making, HBO’s The Weight of the Nation will release, beginning May 14, 2012, four documentary films, a three-part HBO family series, 12 video shorts, a book and related resources through Facebook, Twitter, and Get Glue.
Interested in seeing the films, hosting a screening in your area, or just learning more about the campaign?
Additional resources will be available at www.communitycommons.org/wotn and www.hbo.com/theweightofthenation starting the week of May 7. You can also connect to peers and leaders working on The Weight of the Nation efforts by joining the Community Commons Weight of the Nation Group.
We also encourage you to engage with The Weight of the Nation campaign online by:
- “Liking” the official The Weight of the Nation Facebook page
- Tweeting about the films, your screening plans, and how your community is taking action by using the #weightofthenation hashtag
- Taking part in the May 1st Weight of the Nation Day by helping your community make a “Pledge for Progress” at www.hbo.com/weightofthenation and joining the Dialogue4Health Web Forum entitled “Taking on the Weight of the Nation.”
As you find ways to share this information and organize others in your community, we hope you will share your results with us. Leave us a comment by clicking the bubble above the video or the “Leave A Reply” button below!
The Weight of the Nation is far more than a television series. It is a call to action. It’s time to mobilize our communities and begin to slow, arrest and eventually reverse the prevalence of obesity and bring the nation to a healthier weight.
Did You Know?
The first widely popular diet book, published in 1864, was titled, “Letter on Corpulence: Addressed to the Public” by William Banting. You can read it here.