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The Weight of the Nation 

To win we have to lose. HBO shines a bright light on America's obesity epidemic in this multi-part, multi-platform project that looks at causes, symptoms and treatments for the problem...... See full summary »
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2012  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Larry Dwyer ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2012
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To win we have to lose. HBO shines a bright light on America's obesity epidemic in this multi-part, multi-platform project that looks at causes, symptoms and treatments for the problem...and offers some possible solutions to restore our individual and collective health. Launching one of the most far-reaching public health campaigns on obesity, 'The Weight of the Nation' will feature four HBO documentaries and 10 supplemental films.

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Confronting America's obesity epidemic. See more »

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USA

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English | Spanish

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14 May 2012 (USA) See more »

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Weight of the Nation See more »

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HBO Documentary Films See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Not a documentary as much as a call for action
29 September 2018 | by DHammarbergSee all my reviews

I watched this documentary series since I'm interested in the subject. But even though it does indeed contain some research about obesity, it's mostly an activist production. It begins every episode with "we have to take action", basically assuming that obesity is a problem that only the government and taxpayer money can solve. A personal responsibility aspect is sorely absent.

The worst part of it all was at the end of episode four, when you had this Hispanic community where no one spoke English patting themselves on their backs for having managed to get their local government to pay for a park for their children to play in. That was a "difference they made". If they had raised the money themselves, I would have empathized, but how is it the least bit difficult to beg the government for money? They didn't have to do anything at all.

So if you believe in personal responsibility, this series does leave you with a bad taste in your mouth.


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