16 May '12, 2pm

HBO’s Weight of the Nation should have taken focus on food system change further

Editor’s note: For another perspective on this series, see this post . The Weight of the Nation — a four-part mini-series that ran this week on HBO (and online) — has received a lot of attention. Produced in coordination with several federal government agencies and paired with a major national conference , the show has been heralded as “groundbreaking” and “bold.” But it’s really just the same old story. The Weight of the Nation trailer alone smacks of tired stereotypes, but colleagues implored me to watch the entire series, so I did. And it was even worse than I feared. I’m all in favor of bringing more attention to the nation’s diet-related health crisis. But the HBO series distracts us with the usual scare tactics, dances around the hard political issues, and leaves the viewer with the misguided impression that if we all just worked harder in our own communities, we cou...

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