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?