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

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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