I’ve heard a lot of talk about this HBO documentary, "The Weight of the Nation," that examines the obesity epidemic in the United States. My husband and I actually stumbled upon it by accident one night and both became immediately engaged as physicians from Northwestern University showed two cadaver hearts, one of regular size and another that was greatly enlarged from heart disease.
I always tell people that visuals help to get a point across. The next day I heard both patients and co-workers talking about it.
It’s a powerful four-part series, discussing health consequences of obesity, treatment options, the childhood obesity epidemic and the multiple factors leading to the condition and the challenges in fixing it.
The great thing about this series is that HBO wants to get the word out. Even if you are not a subscriber, you can still view these documentaries at www.hbogo.com. Click on the "documentaries" tab, choose "Weight of the Nation Collection," and it will take you to the four parts available.
Unlike the Michael Moore documentaries that many of us may have seen in the past, this series focuses on the facts and shocks you without the use sensationalism or biased statements.
The facts are shocking enough on their own. I encourage you to watch it.