My dear friend, John Hoffman, a vice president at HBO documentary films, has written an interesting piece in the Huffington Post about the obesity epidemic in the country, which is tied to an upcoming series on HBO, The Weight of the Nation, and a book:
“Like many Americans, I used to think that overweight people simply needed to eat less and move more. I thought that would solve their problem and our national obesity epidemic. However, I’ve come to understand that we have less control over our waistlines than we think. In fact, many of the choices we make are influenced by forces we have not fully understood until now.
For anyone who’s trying their best to eat less and move more, we now have scientific proof that enemy #1 is their own biology. Our bodies have been shaped by society, evolutionary biology, technology, economics and the invisible forces all around us that compel us to eat more and move less”
Read the whole piece here.
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Variety reports that HBO has signed up Ira Glasser to work on an HBO series based on “This American Life” segment — The Midlife Cowboy.
‘This American Life’ seg inspires HBO project
Rob Thomas, Owen Wilson, Ira Glass developing drama
HBO has teamed with Rob Thomas, Ira Glass and Owen Wilson to develop a drama series inspired by a “This American Life” segment about a man who deals with a midlife crisis by rescuing two kidnapped kids in Mexico.
Thomas (“Veronica Mars”) is penning the script for the project, tentatively titled “Thrillsville.”
The series will be a fictionalized spin on aspects of the “Midlife Cowboy” seg that aired on the public radio series in March 2010. James Spring, a San Diego man who had in his youth been a methamphetamine smuggler before becoming an advertising copywriter and family man, detailed the story of how the approach of his 40th birthday inspired him to do something significant to help others.
His quest led him to mount a search for two young girls who were kidnapped in Northern California in connection with drug-trade violence and taken to Baja California.
The media coverage of Spring’s success in finding the girls led him to a new career investigating missing persons cases.”