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The Weight of the Nation

Surprising Lessons About Diets, Food, and Fat from the Extraordinary Series from HBO Documentary Films

John Hoffman and Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S., with Alexandra Moss

St. Martin's Press

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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The Bad News: We Have a Big Problem


As much as we all wish there were one thing in the fight against fat we could point to and eliminate, there isn’t. Whether you look at individuals or at our society as a whole, the cause is complex. It’s the sum total of all our little daily decisions that results in us eating a little too much and moving too little—which over time adds up to a lot of pounds. For the nation, our obesity problem has been magnified by the actions of industry, agriculture, and government. These forces shape the environment in which
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  • John Hoffman and Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S., with Alexandra Moss

  • 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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The Weight of the Nation

Surprising Lessons About Diets, Food, and Fat from the Extraordinary Series from HBO Documentary Films

John Hoffman and Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S., with Alexandra Moss

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