Earlier this month HBO hosted a screening of their new series “Weight of the Nation” at the Franklin Institute.

There was plenty of healthy food served by the Frog Commissary
To maintain a healthy weight, your energy IN and OUT do not have to balance exactly every
day. It is the balance over time that helps you maintain a healthy weight.
Fran Fattah, Dwayne Wharton, The Food Trust and Margie Green

Mr. Raymond Leung, JD, Public Policy Attorney for the. Department of Public Health’s Get Healthy Philly initiative  Andrea Dywer and Jon Sinker, Philadelphia Dept of Public Health.

The obesity rate among Philadelphia’s high school students is 17
percent, which is 5 points higher than the national rate. An
estimated 51 percent of Philly’s poor children are obese. Compare that
to the city’s overall obesity rate of 40 percent, and the fact becomes
clear that this problem is one that deserves considerable attention.

Shelton Mercer, Jonathan Kirch, MPA AMA, Sara Shrimplim and Aryanna Abouzari, Esq

Mayor Nutter who is one of the healthiest mayors in Philadelphia history, was on hand to say a few words as well as to introduce a 30 minute documentary done on the link between poverty in Philly and obesity.

NBC10’s Lori Wilson was the mistress of ceremony. (She’s the hardest working women in the news biz and very charitable. I’ve seen her as the mistress of ceremonies at about 7 events in the past 10 days.)

To win, we have to lose. The four-part HBO Documentary Films series, The
Weight of The Nation explores the obesity epidemic in America. For more
information on The Weight of the Nation, visit