HBO may be home to blood-sucking vampires and New Jersey mobsters, but it’s also now home to The Weight of the Nation: an amazing four-part documentary series and campaign aimed to fight obesity in the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have already grasped onto this powerful campaign; I’m so proud that the Lifestyle Intervention Conference honored The Weight of the Nation last week by presenting the team behind it with the highest honor the convention has to offer – the Lifestyle Intervention Leadership Award.
Each installment of the series – Choices, Consequences, Children in Crisis and Challenges — features real Americans struggling with obesity, plus interviews with the experts. Topics covered in the films include health consequences, the science behind weight, lunches in today’s schools and food marketing, among many others.
It’s no secret that weight issues and obesity is a cause very close to my heart, and one that I’ve struggled with myself. I’ve dedicated my career to helping people discover the underlying causes of their food addictions, get healthy and live the lives they love – and, of course, I created FitRX, a weight and wellness retreat in Nashville, TN, led by top physicians and fitness/wellness experts. The 5 Essential Elements I apply to all of my treatment programs work for any addiction, food included…
…which is why it’s so fitting that we chose the team behind The Weight of the Nation to receive the Leadership Award this year, an award presented to individuals who work with the media to spread awareness about crucial health/lifestyle issues faced by Americans today. The WOTN team not only accepted the award live at the Lifestyle Intervention Conference, but also hosted a special screening for all of this year’s attendees.
The Weight of the Nation is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.
Watch The Weight of the Nation for free — right here.