Last week, more than 100 people attended the local premiere of HBO’s The Weight of the Nation documentary series. We watched “Children in Crisis,” one of four films that will air on HBO May 14-15. Here are a few reactions shared by viewers:
“...The part that stood out the most to me was the segment about advertising and marketing to children and how congress rejected the nutrition guidelines that the interagency working group developed. I don't understand how this country can allow companies to deliberately market unhealthy food to children. The discussion after the movie gave me hope and made me proud to see so many people come out in support of the fight against obesity.” –Kiana Trabue, parent and health educator at Hamilton County Public Health
“As a school food service director, this information is not new to me. Over the past two years it has been our mission to improve the overall quality, both in taste and nutritional value, to the meals we provide our students. I am happy to say that we have accomplished many of our goals by meeting or exceeding the nutritional guidelines required by the USDA and we have been able to make these changes while also managing a self-sufficient budget. I say this not to brag, but to help others realize that it is possible and we can make a difference…” –Roger Kipp, director of Food Services & Nutrition, Norwood City Schools
“…It is disheartening to hear it said that one can pretty much tell what one's BMI would be by the zip code in which one lives. It is going to take everyone's involvement…educators, parents, community groups, elected officials, health professionals, etc., to effectively deal with the multi-factoral causes of childhood obesity.“ –Cynthia Blocksom, M.Ed., R.D., L.D., MCHES
To read more viewer reactions, visit our facebook page. Watch the first two films in the series tonight on HBO (network will be free to all) and share your thoughts by posting a comment below or on facebook.