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NIH and the Weight of the Nation

An Emmy-nominated HBO Documentary Films series on obesity, “The Weight of the Nation,” premiered in May 2012. The four-part series—Consequences, Choices, Children in Crisis, and Challenges—highlighted several NIH research advances and addressed the factors contributing to the country’s obesity problem. In May 2013, HBO will air three films for youth and their families entitled “The Weight of the Nation for Kids.”

Together, the films are the centerpiece to a public awareness campaign, which also includes 12 short films, a website and social media, and a nationwide community-based outreach effort using free film discussion guides and other tools. To request a film screening kit, view the films, or find related materials, visit External Web Site Policy

In April 2013, “The Weight of the Nation” collaboration received the HHSinnovates award from U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. For more about HHSinnovates:

NIH weight-control information and research

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NIH Press Release

NIH research featured in HBO documentary series on obesity, April 30, 2012

NIH Director’s Perspective

NIH Research Short Film

View a short film about how NIH supports obesity research across the nation, featuring NIH’s Metabolic Clinical Research Unit.

The Weight of the Nation

View “Obesity Research and the NIH,” a short film of “The Weight of the Nation” at (10 min, 36 sec) External Web Site Policy

“The Weight of the Nation” is produced by HBO Documentary Films and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

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This page last reviewed on November 21, 2014

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