Addiction and America’s Fat Problem

The Fix / By Susan Cheever

Addiction and America’s Fat Problem

Obesity and how to treat it are big in the media. So why doesn’t HBO’s new series, The Weight of the Nation, even mention addiction?
May 22, 2012  |

When it comes to our national obesity epidemic, the elephant in the room is getting so fat that he can hardly stagger into the den to watch his favorite programs. From medical pundits to life coaches to health websites to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to First Lady Michelle Obama, theories abound about why we can’t stop gaining those ugly pounds.


The Weight of the Nation, a four-part HBO documentary about the many costs of our growing fat problem, airs tonight and tomorrow. Last week’s Newsweek cover featured a baby hugging a serving of French fries and the tagline: “When I grow up, I’m going to weigh 300 pounds. Help!” And a just-released CDC report offers no comfort with predictions that, indeed, by 2030, 42% of Americans will be obese, and 11% will be severely obese. Suffice it to say, we’re having a major fat moment. (Read Full Article)


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