HBO's 'Weight of the Nation' tips scale on America's obesity epidemic


It's not exactly a news flash, but it is critically important: Most Americans are fat.That's the gist of HBO's four-part "The Weight of the Nation," airing Monday and Tuesday, May 14 and 15.The nearly five-hour documentary makes excellent points, tracing when obesity became an epidemic and why. It explains how we can help ourselves.The problem is it makes the same points repeatedly. That doesn't diminish its importance, but it can make viewers wonder why so many experts need to weigh in.Weighing in, in all manners, is a huge part of this, which examines why two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. This shows that obesity is not geographical but rather a combination of genetics and environment.The latter speaks to economics; of the 10 states with the highest obesity rates, nine rank among the nation's poorest.People from all over the country are featured, including a group of heavy women in Louisiana eating deep-fried food and gooey...


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