Thursday, July 18, 2013

Watching the "Weight of the Nation"

A few months ago, I started listening to the Angriest Trainer podcast featuring Vinnie Tortorich and Anna Vocino.
In one of the earlier podcasts, Vinnie was discussing this documentary that was on HBO called The Weight of the Nation.
The documentary sounded interesting and I decided to check it out at my future in-law's house. The documentary is still available to watch if you are interested. The documentary is filmed in four parts focusing each one on these topics - Consequences, Choices, Children in Crisis and Challenges.
Those documentary included a lot of things that 'us active folk' know but added a few things that were jaw dropping.

Here are some of my take-aways:

  • If you ever blamed obese people for being lazy or eating way too much then you should watch this immediately. 
  • Once you have gained a large amount of weight, when you attempt to lose the weight your body fights you. Losing the weight and keeping it off will be a life long effort. 
  • French fries and pizza tomato sauce count as vegetable servings in school lunch rooms. 
  • Obesity is worse for those who live in poverty. 
  • Obesity will cost about $300 billion in medical costs by 2018.
  • Junk food makers (i.e. soda, cereal etc) have a 90% profit margin while those that grow fruits and vegetable only have a 10% profit margin. 
These were some of the larger points that stood out for me. There was SO much more. If you haven't seen this I highly recommend it. 

I am following this show up with another recommendation from Vinnie - Why We Are Fat and What To Do About it by Gary Taubes. 

What were your take aways from HBO's The Weight of the Nation?


  1. Hi Jessica! Glad to have stumbled upon your blog! I was wondering if you feature guest postings. Thanks and have a great day!

    1. I would be interested. Message me with your ideas.


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