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Obesity Prevention: HBO, IOM, CDC, NIH and The White House Go Public May 14 and 15.

Posted on | May 11, 2012 | No Comments

Mike Magee

Health Commentary has been focused on the challenge of obesity for over a decade. The facts have been clear. But the will to deal effectively with this crisis has been spotty at best. The costs are rising – in financial, human, social and cultural capital – and weighing us down in a thousand different ways. What will it take to effectively respond?

Organization! And thanks to the very visible and tenacious leadership of First Lady Michelle Obama, we now are seeing a more coordinate approach coalesce from all sectors of our Society – an American approach. You need to be part of the action. The starting dates: May 14 and 15 (this coming Monday and Tuesday) join the HBO special described below. Note: it may be available even if you are not an HBO subscriber. Join me next week. The details are below.

“Bringing together the nation’s leading research institutions, The Weight of the Nation is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

The films follow the IOM’s latest report, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation, which articulates the most promising solutions to our obesity crisis. These films document the state of the problem, including how we got here and what we must do to solve it.

  • Part I: Consequences and Part II: Choices will air May 14, beginning at 8 p.m. EDT.
  • Part III: Children in Crisis and Part IV: Challenges will air May 15, beginning at 8 p.m. EDT.

HBO has asked its carriers to open their channels, allowing the films to be viewed by non-HBO subscribers. The films will also be available May 14-15 at

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