HBO Press Release:
The obesity epidemic is one of the most pressing health issues facing the nation today. More than two-thirds of U.S. adults age 20 and over are overweight or obese, while nearly one-third of the nation’s children and adolescents age two to 19 are overweight or obese. Obesity contributes to five of the ten leading causes of death in America, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, stroke and kidney disease. An unprecedented collaboration 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), THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION takes an unflinching look at the severity of the crisis and its crippling effects on our health care system.
THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION kicks off with CONSEQUENCES, debuting MONDAY, MAY 14 (8:00-9:10 p.m. ET/PT), immediately followed by CHOICES (9:10-10:30 p.m.), with CHILDREN IN CRISIS debuting the next night, TUESDAY, MAY 15 (8:00-9:10 p.m.), immediately followed by CHALLENGES (9:10-10:15 p.m.). In addition, the first part of the three-part series “The Weight of the Nation for Kids,” THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION – 2 entitled “The Great Cafeteria Takeover,” debuts Wednesday, May 16 (7:00-7:30 p.m.), with all three parts to be presented during back-to-school season this fall.
The Documentaries will also be offered streaming on the HBO website Free of charge.