The Weight of the Nation

When searching for publications on nutrition transition and global dietary patterns, I came across this HBO documentary, The Weight of the Nation. I have only watched two episodes so far, but I highly recommend it. I am not sure if those of you who are outside the U.S. can watch it, but if you can, do! Even though this documentary is about the U.S., overweight and obesity are spreading like an epidemic around the world with chronic diseases like diabetes following. As for the U.S., the problem has reached almost unthinkable levels. Two third of adults and almost a third of all children in this country are overweight or obese, and it is estimated that one in three American children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in its lifetime. For black or hispanic children, this figure is one in two. And that is only a small part of the human and economic cost. Incredible when the solution really is so easy.

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