USC PRC and Partners to Host Screening of "Weight of the Nation"

The documentary “Challenges,” highlighting the obesity epidemic in the United States, will be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Public Health Research Center auditorium at the University of South Carolina.

The screening of the documentary, the fourth film in the critically acclaimed HBO series “Weight of the Nation,” will include a panel discussion by local experts who are on the front lines of battling the problems of childhood and adult obesity. The event at the Public Health Research Center, located at 921 Assembly St., is free and open to the public.

“Challenges” focuses on the major forces in the obesity epidemic, including agriculture, economics, racial and socioeconomic disparities, physical inactivity and the American food industry and marketing. The film also proposes solutions to this epidemic.

Event sponsors include the Arnold School of Public Health, Eat Smart Move More South Carolina, Palmetto Health, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

The public also is invited to view free screenings of other documentaries from the series: Part 2, “Choices,” Aug. 23, and Part 3, “Children in Crisis,” Aug. 30. These events are being shown at Palmetto Health Auditorium, 5 Medical Park, from 11:30 – 1:00.
For information, call 803-777-4253 or email

For more information on the documentary series, visit HBO's website, Weight of the Nation.