The Weight of the Nation: Surprising Lessons About Diets, Food, and Fat from the Extraordinary Series from HBO Documentary Films

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People today work harder and take better care of their health than any previous generation. So how could two-thirds of us fail to measure up when it comes to eating right and exercising? HBO and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences have joined together to bring you the nation's foremost experts and definitive research on weight and weight loss. The Weight of the Nation explains how we got to this unhealthy place and how we can get to a healthy weight by overcoming the forces that drive us to eat too much and move too little.

Three years in the making, The Weight of the Nation answers crucial questions like:

--Is there such a thing as the right diet?

--Am I doomed to yo-yo for the rest of my life?

--How does stress affect my weight?

--Is my slow metabolism making me fat?

--How does carrying too much weight affect my health?

--Why do I eat junk food even though I know it's unhealthy?

--Is exercise enough to help most people maintain an ideal weight?

--How can I keep weight off forever?

Based on the rich research behind HBO's documentary series, The Weight of the Nation is the only book that tells it like it is: losing weight is hard, keeping it off is even harder, and there's no quick fix. Weight loss takes a lot of work and a lifetime commitment, but thousands have done it and this book will show you how.

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America's ever-expanding waistline: We see it, we hear about it, and we worry about it! But can anything be done about it?

We know all the usual suspects: red meat, dairy, white flour, refined sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, a lack of exercise, too much television, and the list goes on, and on, and on....

It seems simple! Right?...Not really. There's a lot more going on below the surface when it comes to what America is eating for dinner (and breakfast and lunch and in between).

The Weight of the Nation digs deep to uncover what's going on in our minds, in our stomachs, in corporate America, on our farms, and in society's overall love of food.

The solution to America's obesity epidemic will not come from quick-fix diets or a new national obsession with working out.

The answer will only come from learning more about how our bodies conserve energy, why we seek out and consume certain foods, and how our world compels us to eat a lot more and move a lot less--than we should!

The Weight of the Nation provides you with all the tools you need―and gives you the power to better understand your relationships with food and physical activity--so you can change the way you eat and move for the rest of your life.

About the Author:

JOHN HOFFMAN is Executive Producer of HBO's The Weight of the Nation. He has won Emmy® awards for the documentary series The Alzheimer's Project and Addiction, among others.

JUDITH SALERNO, MD, MS is the Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences. She is a nationally recognized leader in health policy.

ALEXANDRA MOSS is Co-Producer of HBO's The Weight of the Nation.

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