The Weight of the Nation for Kids

Last year HBO worked with the nation’s leading research institutions, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to produce a documentary series called The Weight of the Nation on the obesity epidemic. The Weight of the Nation spotlighted the facts and myths of the obesity crisis and its effect on our nation and health care system.

This month HBO released a new documentary, The Weight of the Nation for Kids, which is a three-part series that sheds light on solutions to the obesity problem at home and in school. The Weight of the Nation for Kids focuses on what some kids are doing at home and in communities to make healthy changes to their diets, school menus, and every day activities.

Some of the facts from the website include:

  • The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008.
  • The percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5% in 1980 to 18% in 2008.
  • Children consume more than 7.5 hours of media a day, 7 days a week.
  • The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend 60 minutes of physical activity every day for children.

The three 30-minute episodes – “The Great Cafeteria Takeover”, “Kebreeya’s Salad Days” and “Quiz Ed!” are all available online to view.

Kari Shanahan

One thought on “The Weight of the Nation for Kids

  1. For young people to be ready for adulthood and to live healthy, productive, successful lives they must be in excellent physical but also mental, emotional, moral and spiritual shape as well. Matters of character and integrity is as important as well.

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