The Weight Of The Nation Essay

1518 Words Nov 29th, 2016 7 Pages
The documentary, “The Weight of the Nation,” is a series that is broken into four parts regarding the risks of obesity, the choices that contribute to obesity, the childhood obesity epidemic, and the challenges that our society faces in treating and preventing obesity and all of its related illnesses. I think it was strategic to break this documentary into separate sections because obesity is such a multifaceted issue and it impacts people of all ages and races. There are also many diseases that could be prevented if people understood how dangerous it is to be overweight or obese. The first section of the documentary is titled, “Consequences,” which is appropriate because it looks at the dangers of being overweight and the accompanying health issues. This section focuses a lot on the scientific and physiological aspects of obesity and explains some very concerning statistics. These statistics include information regarding the BMI measurement and how it has been used to determine the percentage of Americans who are classified as overweight or obese. An adult whose BMI falls between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight and a person with a BMI over 30 is considered obese. With this information, the CDC was able to determine that 68.8% of American adults are considered to be overweight or obese. I found that statistic to be shocking because it’s such a large number of adults and this has only been an epidemic for a short time in our history. Until the 1980s, obesity…

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