HBO Documentary Series Discusses Obesity

Airing this month on HBO, a documentary series will tackle obesity and its effects on Americans’ health. “The Weight of the Nation” will also discuss interventions to change the rise of obesity. The producers of the show consulted with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other health organizations to develop the four-part series.

“If we don't take the obesity epidemic seriously as individuals and as a nation, we will pay a serious price,” said NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins, who appears in the series. “It's going to take diverse and rigorous research to understand the causes of obesity and to identify interventions that work in the real world. The results from federally funded research, as seen in these documentaries, can help to prevent and treat obesity and its complications.”

Estimates are that more than one-third of U.S. adults and nearly 17 percent of U.S. children are obese. Obesity is a risk factor for several health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and some cancers.

HBO Family will also air a three-part series for kids, called “The Weight of the Nation for Kids,” starting on May 16. The main series debuts May 14 and 15. The films can be watched free of charge on Some television carriers may also provide free showings.

Watch a trailer of the show and get more information on HBO.