Obesity is common, serious, and costly. Behavior and environment play a large role causing people to be overweight and obese. These are the greatest areas for prevention and treatment actions. Weight of the Nation brings together public health researchers and practitioners, policy makers, and national partners devoted to obesity prevention and control to raise awareness across the country as well as share approaches that show promise or demonstrated success for improving healthy eating and active living.
Over 1,200 people gathered in Washington, D.C. on May 7-9 for the Weight of the Nation 2012 conference. The Weight of the Nation is also a documentary series and public health campaign. Three years in the making, the campaign is an unprecedented collaboration of HBO and the Institute of Medicine, is association with CDC, the National Institutes of Health, made in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. The core of The Weight of the Nation campaign are four feature films that take an unflinching look at the severity of the obesity epidemic and its crippling effects on our health care system. The films are available to stream free of charge at theweightofthenation.hbo.com