• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: May 14, 2012
  • Season #: 1
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 7 out of 10

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  1. Sep 13, 2012
    Having visited the U.S many times over almost 30 years I can attest to the fact that the US is easily the most obese nation on the planet. 9 of the 10 heaviest people ever weighed are american.
    This should be mandatory watching given around 66% of U.S citizens are either overweight or obese.
    The information and solutions provided are helpful and inspiring. The complete lack of
    understanding of most parents on what to eat themselves and how to feed their children astounded me. Expand
  2. lcb
    Oct 5, 2012
    This series is informative but over kill. Most of what is shown has been featured over and over again on TV and in print. Nothing really new is offered. People who care already know most of this stuff and either follow the suggestions or don't. And then there are those who aren't interested and are unlikely to watch this and certainly not change their habits because of it. It was really, really boring. Expand
  3. May 18, 2012
    This mini-series is painful to watch. If you can never get tired of hearing "eating junk and not exercising makes you fat" for 8 hours, this is the show for you. It is like a film they showed us in middle school but much much longer. Most of the reviews seem to give the tediousness of the show a pass because it is an important message. Sorry. I want to be entertained and not drilled on a message I already know. Expand

Universal acclaim - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Cynthia Fuchs
    May 14, 2012
    Weight of the Nation encourages viewers to feel responsible for their own lives and to make informed choices.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    May 14, 2012
    [The Weight of the Nation is] a little flabby. Still, this multimedia endeavor delivers a powerful and important message.
  3. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    May 14, 2012
    A medically sound, educational effort.