I haven’t had time to watch this highly-anticipated HBO mini-series yet but I have enjoyed reading the reactions of my favorite bloggers. I’ve listed them all below if you want to check them out. Consensus is that the series brings home the severity of the situation but doesn’t take risks in addressing the systemic and politically sensitive changes that are very much needed. Hoping to watch it myself soon!
- Marion Nestle says, “impressive and compelling job of defining the problem and its causes and consequences. I wish it—and the IOM—could have risen above the politics and pressed harder for strategies that might help people make healthier choices.” http://www.foodpolitics.com/2012/05/pondering-the-weight-of-the-nation/
- Michele Simon at grist says, “the show has been heralded as “groundbreaking” and “bold.” But it’s really just the same old story” and “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 could fix this mess.” http://grist.org/food/hbos-weight-of-the-nation-should-have-taken-focus-on-food-system-change-further/
- Daniel Schultz from Huff Po says “The Weight of the Nation beautifully encapsulates all the biological, environmental, and economic variables that promoted my own obesity, as well as breaking down the answers and solutions that helped me lose and maintain my weight loss.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-j-schultz/weight-of-the-nation-documentary_b_1525503.html
- Sarah Henry at Civil Eats says “ The Weight of the Nation: Confronting America’s Obesity Epidemic serves as a clarion call to the country to take action — and fast — to combat this pernicious, complex problem that has myriad root causes.” http://civileats.com/2012/05/15/%E2%80%98weight-of-the-nation%E2%80%99-takes-a-realistic-look-at-a-looming-crisis/
- Food and Tech Connect’s infographic: http://www.foodandtechconnect.com/site/2012/05/11/infographic-weight-of-the-nation-obesity-prevention/
- Fooducate doesn’t take a stance, but does give a summary: http://blog.fooducate.com/2012/05/15/the-weight-of-the-nation/