2012 / May

Tune In: Columbia Experts in Obesity Documentary

Tune In: Columbia Experts in Obesity Documentary

May 11, 2012

Premiering on HBO on May 14 and 15, The Weight of the Nation is a four-part documentary series exploring the nation’s obesity crisis. Each episode of the series features case studies, individuals and families struggling with obesity, and interviews with leading experts, including scientists from Columbia’s Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center.

The documentary examines the scope of the obesity epidemic in the U.S., exploring the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese; the science on how to lose weight, maintain weight loss, and prevent weight gain; the effects of obesity on children; and the driving forces behind the obesity epidemic.

In The Weight of the Nation, Rudolph Leibel, M.D., co-director of Columbia’s Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, discusses his work on the biology of bodyweight regulation. Dr. Leibel is also the Christopher J. Murphy Memorial Professor of Diabetes Research.

Dr. Leibel will also appear online in two short films that will accompany the televised documentary, The Biology of Weight Loss and Is Weight Something We Inherit? He will be joined by Michael Rosenbaum, M.D., professor of clinical pediatrics and clinical medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, in The Biology of Weight Loss. Both short films can be seen on the series’ website beginning Monday, May 14.

The Weight of the Nation is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.