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The Weight of the Nation: HBO

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Bringing together the nation’s leading research institutions, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

The centerpiece of THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION campaign is the four-part documentary series, each featuring case studies, interviews with our nation’s leading experts, and individuals and their families struggling with obesity.

The 1st Film

CONSEQUENCES, examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. Watch now!

The 2nd Film

CHOICES, offers viewers the skinny on fat, revealing what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain. Watch now!

The 3rd Film

CHILDREN IN CRISIS, documents the damage obesity is doing to our nation’s children. Through individual stories, this film describes how the strong forces at work in our society are causing children to consume too many calories and expend too little energy; tackling subjects from school lunches to the decline of physical education, the demise of school recess and the marketing of unhealthy food to children. Watch now!

The 4th Film 

CHALLENGES, examines the major driving forces causing the obesity epidemic, including agriculture, economics, evolutionary biology, food marketing, racial and socioeconomic disparities, physical inactivity, American food culture, and the strong influence of the food and beverage industry. Watch now!

The Weight of the Nation for Kids

The Great Cafeteria Takeover

Originally seen on HBO in May 2012, "The Great Cafeteria Takeover" follows a group of New Orleans kids, who dubbed themselves the Rethinkers, as they make a difference in their community during the post-Katrina rebuilding period by transforming their school lunch menu with healthier, better-tasting options. The special received a Primetime Emmy® nomination in the category of Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program. Watch now!

Kebreeya's Salad Days

"Kebreeya's Salad Days" follows 17-year-old Kebreeya's crusade to improve nutrition awareness on a personal, family and community level in her North Carolina town. After her mom's gastric-bypass surgery, and seeing relatives with asthma and diabetes, Kebreeya changes her diet to exclude fast food and soda, and tries to get her family to follow suit. Though not completely converted to "Kebreeya food" yet, her mother has been inspired by her daughter's efforts and is choosing her food more wisely. Watch now!

Quiz Ed!

"Quiz Ed!" tests the nutrition and physical activity knowledge of students of varying ages and activity levels to inspire them to take action, revealing that there are steps kids can take toward a healthier lifestyle, for instance, choosing foods with less sugar, as well as not skipping meals. The special also spotlights kids' concerns about their level of physical activity. Watch Now!