HBO's The Weight of the Nation Scales Santa Ana's Obesity Problem

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Santa Ana gets a closeup in tonight's HBO documentary The Weight of the Nation.

Not that Santa Ana's chamber of commerce is trumpeting the appearance.

The documentary is about the obesity epidemic in the United States.

Santa Ana, cast as a bastion for the disadvantaged, is singled out for extraordinarily high obesity rates when compared with the rest of Orange County in a segment about the socioeconomic component of the problem.

Produced by HBO Documentary Films and the Institute of Medicine in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes for Health, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, The Weight of the Nation has its 4-plus hours spread over two nights. It debuts at 8 tonight.

"Children in Crisis," which is part three of the four-chapter presentation, will also be accompanied by a separate three-part series on the struggles of the young with their weight beginning May 16.

Of course, it's ironic that many viewers will be planted on couches for these programs, shoving God-knows-what into their pieholes.

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mitch young
mitch young

Part of the problem is that they are Mexicans. A lot of Mexicans are short and squat, so their BMI reads higher than it would on a caucasian at a similar level of body-fat.

Not that their aren't plenty of fat Mexicans too.

909Jeff
909Jeff

America... The only country in the world where the poor are obese... 

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

And we export it. Look at people in the Pacific islands. They thrived on healthy diets until we came along with fast food, obesity, diabetes ...

mitch young
mitch young

And Mexico -- which is something like 10th on the list of most obese countries by body mass. (Beaten out by the USA and, as you say, by a bunch of Pacific Island nations)

Ronald G. Nixon
Ronald G. Nixon

Food stamps are costing American taxpayers millions of dollars to help those who are unable or unwilling to earn enough money to feed themselves.

Those concerned about obesity should use this group as test subjects for their well-intentioned ideas and plans and leave the rest of us alone. (If you don't want to be part of this test group, stop accepting food stamps.)

Individuals and families receiving food stamps could then give something back by being members of a nationwide study that would attack the growing problem of obesity.

Start by weighing everyone on food stamps. Educate them on healthy eating, exercise and whatever else is supposed to help people lose weight. Provide monetary incentives to the states that lose the most pounds. (Kind of a "biggest loser" program.)

Anyone getting a free ride from the government should give something back. Actively participating in a national obesity test group is a win for everyone.

mitch young
mitch young

Every single kid in the SAUSD gets 'free' school lunch. They don't even bother checking eligibility anymore.

J. Garcia
J. Garcia

Most of the students in SAUSD get free lunch, but definitely not all. A recent graduate of one of SAUSD's high schools, I was never eligible to receive free lunch even though my parents struggled to pay bills. My mother stayed home to care for my ill grandfather while my step-father worked. It is definitely sad to see ungrateful students throw their free food away. Also, if students qualify for free lunch, they receive a cut on the price of AP, SAT, and ACT testing, yet most students do not take advantage of these great resources because they do not plan to attend college. Parents are definitely the root of the problem and they need to instill better values and respect in their children. I attended some of the so-called "bad" schools in SAUSD, yet the education I received got me to a UC school. The Santa Ana schools are great, but the parenting is a whole different story.

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