Weight Of The Nation


Bringing together the nation’s leading research institutions, 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.

The centerpiece of The Weight Of The Nation campaign is the four-part documentary series, each featuring case studies, interviews with our nation’s leading experts, and individuals and their families struggling with obesity. The first film, Consequences, examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. The second, Choices, offers viewers the skinny on fat, revealing what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain. The third, Children in Crisis, documents the damage obesity is doing to our nation’s children. Through individual stories, this film describes how the strong forces at work in our society are causing children to consume too many calories and expend too little energy; tackling subjects from school lunches to the decline of physical education, the demise of school recess and the marketing of unhealthy food to children. The fourth film, Challenges, examines the major driving forces causing the obesity epidemic, including agriculture, economics, evolutionary biology, food marketing, racial and socioeconomic disparities, physical inactivity, American food culture, and the strong influence of the food and beverage industry.


The Weight of the Nation was the spark that would form PGP.  The Emmy-nominated four-part HBO series, done in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has been credited with bringing the perspectives and experience of many of America’s health leaders in front of the public.  The documentary, with its slogan “To win, we have to lose,” was so highly regarded that PGP’s leadership decided to independently create three additional films.  The first was Sleepless in America, the second Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman, and the third First In Human: The Trials Of Building 10.

To win, we have to lose. The four-part HBO Documentary Films series, The Weight of The Nation explores the obesity epidemic in America.