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May 14th, 2012
11:22 AM ET

HBO documentary 'Weight of the Nation' looks at America's battle with obesity – book co-authors explain

The numbers are startling: 34% of Americans are obese - not just overweight, but obese. That number is expected to grow to 42% by the year 2030.

A new book and documentary are working to issue a wake up call. It's called "Weight of the Nation" with the four-part series airing tonight on HBO.

This morning, HBO Documentary Films vice president John Hoffman and the Institute of Medidine's Dr. Judity Salerno explain why obesity is not a 'failure of personal will' as some believe, but a crisis where everyone has to take responsibility to solve it.

Learn more about "Weight of the Nation" here.


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  1. Jennifer

    With the progressive obesity epidemic in the US, one has to wonder why Medicare/Medicaid refuses to pay for people to see a Registered Dietitian for obesity counseling; and, decisions by Medicare/Medicaid influence private insurance providers. Registered Dietitians are the NUTRITION EXPERTS. They must have a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition + an internship + pass the registration examination – many have more advanced degrees and/or specialty certifications. This policy does not make sense from a financial or clinical prospective.

    May 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Lilyvon

    Once again another story on fat people being brought to you by a bunch of skinny people. This documentary, while full of helpful info, will be no different than the 800 other documentaries out there or the millions of websites that are also full of helpful info.
    The really offenceive part of this panel discussion was the regular guy on your show who touted that his wife always feeds his children healthy food. Well good for him and his family. The problem is that his tone is much like most skinny persons tone when they "think" they are "helping" fat people. It is rife with ignorance and discrimination. What people like him don't realize is that fat people aren't dumb or lazy, however, being a fat chick all of my life, I highly doubt I'll convence bullies like him otherwise.

    That said... Will CNN ever have fat people on starting point talking about fat issues? I doubt that too.

    May 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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