The Weight of the Nation: Children in Crisis (3 of 4)
THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) The first film, CONSEQUENCES, examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. The second, CHOICES, offers viewers the skinny on fat, revealing what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain. The third, CHILDREN IN CRISIS, documents the damage obesity is doing to our nation’s children. The fourth film, CHALLENGES, examines the major driving forces causing the obesity epidemic.
Children in Crisis: Childhood obesity is much more than a cosmetic concern. The health consequences of childhood obesity include greater risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and other serious illnesses. The combination of these health effects and the dramatic increase in childhood obesity rates over the past three decades causes some experts to fear this may be the first generation of American children who will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Excerpt from theweightofthenation.hbo.com