Weight of the Nation: Film and Facilitated Discussion
August 21, 2012
With overweight and obesity affecting up to 66 percent of the U.S. population — leading to chronic disease, early death, and substantial costs to society — we must begin to find creative solutions far beyond education or free gym memberships. We need to understand the environments and behaviors that contribute to this unique epidemic.
This session featured a viewing of two excerpts from the HBO series Weight of the Nation, first broadcast in May 2012. The film excerpts highlighted the complex dynamic between an environment that offers — and sometimes necessitates — unhealthy choices, and the individual behaviors that ultimately lead to disease and showcased what the City of Nashville, Tennessee, is doing to shape a more healthy environment for its citizens.
Following the screening, a discussion was facilitated by Anna Ricklin, manager of APA's Planning and Community Health Research Center.