Starting the first week of May, a series of new materials and activities by the Institute of Medicine, HBO, and other organizations aim to galvanize national attention and spur action on America's obesity crisis. Key elements of this national initiative include a documentary film series on obesity's causes and consequences, a companion book to the series, and the release of a new IOM report that identifies best strategies to speed progress against the epidemic.
The Weight of the Nation, a new four-part film series presented by HBO and IOM, takes an unflinching look at the severity of the obesity crisis and its tolls on individuals and families as well as its crippling effects on the nation's health care system. IOM and HBO will host an advance screening of one of the films Wednesday, May 2, in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Media are invited to attend this invitation-only screening but must register in advance by contacting the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information (ONPI); tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The series, made in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, will debut on HBO May 14 and 15.
A new book and a new IOM report offer solutions to the obesity problem at the individual and societal levels respectively. The Weight of the Nation: To Win We Have to Lose, offers unvarnished truths about weight loss that can help individuals overcome the forces that promote inactivity and overeating. The book was written by John Hoffman, executive producer of the HBO series, and Judith A. Salerno, Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer of the IOM, and will be available April 24. More information is available from St. Martin’s Press: http://us.macmillan.com/theweightofthenation/JohnHoffman. Reporters may obtain a copy from ONPI; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail email@example.com.
Accelerating Progress on Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation, IOM's latest report on combating the obesity epidemic, focuses on the most effective strategies that various sectors of society can take to support individuals' and families' efforts to achieve healthy diets and physical activity levels. The report will be released at 8:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday, May 8, with a plenary session and press briefing at CDC's Weight of the Nation conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Embargoed copies will be available to reporters only beginning at 9 a.m. EDT Monday, May 7. Reporters who wish to obtain copies or arrange interviews with members of the committee that wrote the report should contact ONPI; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information on the study is available at http://www.nas.edu/AcceleratingObesityPrevention and information on the conference is available at http://www.weightofthenation.org.
Additional materials and activities related to the Weight of the Nation national initiative are detailed at http://www.hbo.com/weightofthenation.