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Weight of the Nation

Combating obesity

Josh Skeggs, Riannon Atwater, Cynthia Joseph
Josh Skeggs, Riannon Atwater, and Cynthia Joseph

Obesity has become the nation’s fastest growing epidemic. According to the CDC, one-third of the nation’s population is obese. Obesity leads to heart disease, fatty liver, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and increased healthcare costs.

Weight of the Nation is a documentary that is produced by HBO. The aim is to educate the general public about the dangers of obesity, while providing healthy ways to lose and maintain weight. HBO also provides resources for setting up screenings in different cities and venues.

The purpose of the screening is to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic, but to provide a forum where plans for change can be fostered. The goal is to encourage student to step out in their communities and to implement new strategies that will hopefully start to lower the obesity rate in Colorado.

Josh Skeggs, Riannon Atwater, and Cynthia Joseph were all introduced to this series at a summer health program. Natalie Ta later joined the group after showing great interest with the group’s work.

The Weight of the Nation Screening took place on February 8th, 2013 at St. Cajetan’s. 

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