|September 17, 2012 -
Local and national experts are coming together on Sept. 24 to address the obesity crisis. Taking a
cue from the HBO documentary The Weight of the Nation, a Community Forum and Expert
Discussion Panel will be held that Monday at the Knox County Health Department Auditorium, 140
Dameron Avenue, from 7- 9 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited. Parking is also free and
In May, HBO released a four-part documentary called The Weight of the Nation, which detailed the
truths and challenges of this country's obesity epidemic. More than a documentary, the series was a
plea for community members, policy makers, and health leaders to wake up and face the harsh
consequences of American society's choices.
As part of its message, The Weight of the Nation project has asked for action to be taken at the
individual, family, community, and national levels. The Knoxville-Knox County community is coming
together to present and discuss different perspectives on the problem.
The Weight of the Nation Community Forum & Expert Discussion Panel is being moderated by Paul
Erwin, MD, DrPH. Dr. Erwin is the Head of the Public Health Department at the University of
Tennessee. Expert panelists include Stephanie Welch, MS, RD, LDN, Community Development and
Planning director at Knox County Health Department, Dr. Michael Zemel, Professor Emeritus,
University of Tennessee, Lynn Castle, PA-C, University Surgery Associates, Dr. Anita Johnston,
senior clinical consultant for Moonpointe: A Focus Treatment Centers Intensive Outpatient Center for
Eating Disorders, and Vickey Beard, director of Healthy Living, YMCA of East Tennessee.
This event is co-sponsored by Knox County Health Department, the YMCA of East Tennessee, and
Moonpointe: A Focus Treatment Centers Intensive Outpatient Program for Eating Disorders.
The Weight of the Nation information and media kits are available at www.weightofthenation.hbo.com