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Health department urges public to watch obesity documentary

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The local health department is encouraging residents to watch the four-part obesity documentary "The Weight of the Nation," an HBO production now available online via a link on the department's website.

The link is available at gnrhealth.com, the site of the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Department. Three years in the making, "The Weight of the Nation" examines the facts and myths the obesity epidemic, showing how it affects the nation and the health care system, according to GNR communications manager Karen Shields.

The film series features case studies and interviews with leading experts and individuals and families struggling with obesity. It also highlights how individuals, workplaces and communities are making positive changes.