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The Weight of the World - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB521672
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Michael Allder, Tracey Friesen, Rina Fraticelli, Graydon McCrea
Directors:  Glynis Whiting
Producing Agencies:  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Toronto), National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Architecture, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Health and Medicine, Social Issues
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2003
Running Time:  51:10
Closed Captions:  Yes

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It's been called the world's first man-made epidemic, and it's killing us. In this riveting documentary, Dr. Stephan Rossner of Stockholm, an expert on obesity, leads us through startling evidence of how our society has created this toxic environment.

Cheaper production, "supersized" fast foods and a $12 billion advertising industry are lethal when mixed with a car-dominated culture, urban sprawl and labour-saving technologies. Although North America is the epicentre of obesity, this disease is being exported worldwide as a by-product of western culture. Infiltrating low-income communities and developing nations, obesity is creating a potentially bankrupt health system.

Featuring lively animation and hard-hitting science, The Weight of the World reveals that obesity is not an individual problem, but one that requires changes in public policies and attitudes.

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