KAHULUI - Kaiser Permanente Hawaii will present an advance screening of the HBO documentary "The Weight of the Nation" on Wednesday, May 9, in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's McCoy Studio Theater.
Part I of the series, "Consequences," will be shown at 5:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., Mayor Alan Arakawa will lead a forum with Dr. George Talbot of Kaiser, Rhiannon Chandler of Community Work Day and John Tomasso of Hui No Ke Ola Pono Inc.
The number of overweight children in the U.S. has doubled in the past 30 years, with similar patterns occurring in Hawaii. HBO's four-part series features case studies and interviews with leading experts and with individuals and families struggling with obesity (visit theweightofthenation.hbo.com).
"Consequences" examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. Following the screening, the public can "weigh-in" on the weight of Hawaii during a town hall-style discussion with local experts.