May 11, 2012

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) have teamed up with HBO to produce a four-part documentary series called "

The Weight of the Nation is a multipronged project, designed to shed light on both the facts and myths of one of our most urgent public health issues. The project kicked off earlier this week with a government-led conference in Washington D.C. and a report released by the Institutes of Medicine. It’s quite the report, a lengthy 450+ pages, in which the IOM has evaluated previous obesity prevention strategies and has identified recommendations to help accelerate progress.

But to really catch the attention of our media-hungry nation, the team has joined with HBO to produce a two-part documentary examining the obesity epidemic through case studies and interviews with families struggling with obesity, as well as leading national experts. Tune In: The documentary is scheduled to air this coming Monday, May 14th and Tuesday, May 15th.

The films are the centerpiece of a public awareness campaign, which also includes a three-part HBO Family series for kids, 12 short films, a website and social media, and a nationwide community-based outreach effort.

Find additional materials and activities related to The Weight of the Nation national initiatives, and catch the trailer here.

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