I watched all 4 parts of Weight of the Nation over the weekend because they happened to be on some weird Blockbuster channel I get.
I found the documentaries interesting. To me, it felt like they kept circling around the idea that grains really aren't great for you and that it's the addition of all these processed foods into our diet that has caused the whole obesity epidemic, yet they wouldn't just come right out and say that grains are bad. I don't remember which part it was in, but in one of the segments they were talking about how grain subsidies are not good for our nation as far as obesity/health go because they basically cause the wrong foods to be cheap. They showed a group of independent farmers talking about how there are no subsidies or benefits at all to growing vegetables, yet they could guarantee a certain income if they were to grow grains instead because the government would subsidize them and also buy their crop insurance in case there is a bad year. To me, all of that points pretty clearly at grains being the biggest problem. Yet, several people in the documentary still spouted the whole "healthy whole grains" line that makes me cringe.
I liked the part where they were talking about the cost of food vs. the cost of health care. One expert said that he wishes food were more expensive, not because he wanted things to be harder for families, but because in the end, we pay anyway for eating a diet full of cheap processed crap. The only difference is do we pay more for our food now and eat healthy, unprocessed foods, or do we pay more later in the form of diabetes medication and other healthcare costs. If more people thought that way, they probably wouldn't consider the 4 boxes of cereal for $10 to be such a bargain.
Overall, I think that anything that gets more people to really think about their health and the consequences of the foods they're eating is a good thing. It is a shame there was so much CW nonsense in there. I got pretty annoyed at the doctor who said that statins are PROVEN to reduce incidence of heart disease. That's just untrue and it's sad that so many doctors believe that we should be using drugs like that and recommend that as a first course of action. I was also annoyed at the whole "a calorie is a calorie" part and at how they kept saying to avoid foods with saturated fat and cholesterol, regardless of the source.