The Weight of the Nation: Poverty and Obesity (HBO Docs)





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Published on May 14, 2012

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

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The Weight of the Nation: Poverty and Obesity (HBO Docs)

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Jan Scott
I have been extremely poor and homeless. It made me thin. There is a kind of person that ends up poor and obese. That is largely related to family culture and family values. If Bill Gates was suddenly impoverished he wouldn't be drinking a litre of Mountain Dew for breakfast. Family values that include good health and respect for your body and mind rarely lead to obesity. This has nothing to do with race or religion. Obesity is a mental and physical health problem.
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Algi Meneses
So, the State have to NANY the population..because they don't know how to spend their money in good food?
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LimelightImages NYC
Step one: Stop drinking soda.
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Rob McKay
People who choose to eat burgers for breakfast can also choose not to. Gym memberships aren't necessary for anyone who chooses to invest an hour of their day walking or running through their neighbourhood rather than biodegrading into the couch while watching game shows or catching up on the latest on Kanye West's irrelevance. It's not the government's fault. It's not fast food's fault. If you're obese as a result of your choices, it's your fault. Stop. Blaming. Others!
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Everyone gets the same amount of hours in a day it is up to you what you do with your time. People got time to watch tv so they can use that time to cook healthier meals or to exercise.People have to stop blaming everyone else take responsibility for your choices.We control what goes in our mouth and body. 
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Strange how the obvious solution never occurs to people in poor areas. Stop having children. If you make $1200 a month and only have $10 left over then you can't afford children.
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Syd K
I live in a very poor urban neighborhood in Baltimore,Md and I'm quite sure my family and I live below the poverty line. It's hard for me to sympathize with these people who also live in poor neighborhoods because I do not allow myself to gorge on fast food everyday just because I am in that environment. My family goes shopping once a week at a grocery store no matter how far and we buy vegetables and chicken to bake or meatloaf. We may eat fast food every now and then but for the most part we home cooked meals that are not deep fried in oil. On the other hand I must remember that my mom learned healthy eating from our other family members and I have as well so we are not at the same disadvantage as some. 
What she says @7:12 about poor people being more stressed is a key point that NO ONE IS MAKING!  Stress=cortisol=fat around mid section specifically  {The most dangerous, heart damaging kind of fat}
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Marisa Cherry
I would take my uterus out with a spoon sans anesthetic before I gave birth to five kids at that weight and in poverty. But if you're that broke with that many mouths to feed it should be easy to avoid fast food and junk food. For the price of a fast food meal or a family size bag of chips you can roast an entire chicken. Its more convenient and delicious to eat crap but not cheap.
Ash B.
I have a family member who is a nurse and very obese. She has knee problems and has diabetes,but still doesn't see the problem. Her diet is poor and artificial. Fried foods and cheese over everything. She just doesn't care either. If she lost 100lbs,she'd feel sooooo much better. She won't get up and even go for a walk. It's sad,because her three children are already overweight. A lot of my family members don't eat very healthy,not over weight,a lot of beef and pork. I'm so glad to get out of that town and state altogether. Being fit and healthy makes you feel so much better.
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