The Weight of the Nation Documentary… And a Random Fact

Posted: May 15, 2012 in DVD Reviews, Facts

If you missed last night, you can check out the videos on the website. Tune in tonight for Parts 3 and 4!


Before I dive into the documentary, I saw this on a dietician’s Facebook page and I think it’s so true!

Parkinson’s Law states that work expands to fill the time allotted. That means if you give yourself a week to complete a project, you’ll probably take a week (or more) to do it. So… try making shorter deadlines for yourself to get more done and see results faster.

Okay, documentary time…

The Weight of the Nation Documentary
Parts 1 (Consequences) and 2 (Choices)

Doug and I popped some popcorn (94% fat free, light butter, of course!) and shared a cup of green tea as we sat and watched this bad boy for about two hours (we were spent by 10pm and couldn’t stay up for the last 1/2hour).

It was very interesting, all of the statistics and facts, but honestly, it’s not rocket science—people are sitting more often and for longer periods of time, are doing less activity all together let alone vigorous exercise, and are eating fattier and more caloric foods. This means that obesity, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, arthritis, diabetes (1 and 2), heart disease, and a variety of other diseases are on the rise. I’m not saying it’s easy to resist unhealthy foods (I love a big, gooey, chocolatey brownie sundae with the works like anyone else), and I’m not saying it’s easy to find an hour to work out every day when you work 9-12 hours and have kids to take care of, BUT, the consequences of not taking care of yourself right NOW are huge. I think the hardest-hitting part was hearing some of the overweight and obese people talking about how they wished they had taken care of themselves before things like losing limbs, being on dozens of medications, and being too big to walk happened.

  • 68.8% of Americans are overweight or obese
  • Through the Bogalusa Heart Study, which tracks heart disease back to childhood, they found that only 7% of kids who were at a normal weight as children became obese adults.
  • Being wealthier isn’t necessarily a protection from being obese—and income is certainly not an excuse for your weight.
  • 50-60% of obesity is affected by genes—so yes, your genes affect certain things (like where your fat is more prone to store and if you are more prone to diseases or being overweight), but your health is your decision!
  • There is no nature vs. nurture; there’s nature and nurture.
  • In 1970, only 5% of children were overweight; now, it’s 30%… and rising.
  • Even just a 5-10% weight loss provides you with extreme metabolic health gains.
  • 66%+ of arthritis sufferers are obese.
  • Overweight and obese people are 80% more likely to develop dementia.
  • Overweight and obese women and men are 25% and 14%, respectively, more likely to get cancer.
  • Diabetes follows obesity like night follows day.
  • Obese people cost an average of $1400 more to care for than an average weight person—no wonder health care costs are rising!
  • You have to start somewhere with small goals, like eliminating all sugary drinks from your diet. Then move on to more and bigger goals.

Visit the website for more facts and info on what to do to get started on the right path.

TONIGHT: Parts 3 (Children in Crisis) and 4 (Challenges) at 8pm on HBO.

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