Free ‘Weight of the Nation’ showing at Baltimore Washington Medical Center

WOTNUniversity of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center is offering a free screening of the four part documentary series "The Weight of the Nation" which examines the obesity epidemic in our country.

Beginning Wednesday, April 2 and continuing for the following three Wednesdays (April, 9, April 16 and April 23), BWMC will show a part of the four-part HBO documentary. Each part features case studies, interviews with the nations leading experts, and individuals and families struggling with obesity. The third part in the series "Children in Crisis" is particularly pertinent for parents. The series includes:

  • Part I: Consequences The first film in The Weight of the Nation series examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese.
  • Part II: Choices For all of the remarkable high-tech tools available to medicine, for all the billions of dollars in drug research, there's still no highly effective medication to prevent or reverse obesity- why?
  • Part III: Children in Crisis Some experts fear this may be the first generation of American children who will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
  • Part IV: Challenges The final film of the series examines the origins and severity of the obesity epidemic, examines its major driving forces and looks at opportunities for communities to fight back.

The screenings will be held at UM BW Health Services in Hanover (7556 Teague Road, Suite 440, Hanover, MD 21076). Each session will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will include viewing the documentary and a brief lecture followed by a group discussion. A complimentary, healthy dinner will be provided. Participants can attend one or all four screenings. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited.

For details or to register visit the UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center website.