Obesity rates in the United States have reach epidemic proportions in recent years. The centers for Disease Control estimate that at least 110,000 people die per year due to obesity and one third of all cancer deaths are directly related to it. Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona remarked that obesity is a more pressing use than terrorism, ‘Obesity is a terror within. It’s destroying our society from within and unless we do something about it, the magnitude of the dilemma will dwarf 9/11 or any other terrorist event that you can point out…’ From our human evolution and our changing environment to the way our government’s public policies are shaped, these factors are actually contributing to the obesity epidemic. Killer at Large shows how little is being done to combat the epidemic; but more importantly, what we as citizens can do to help reverse it.
Killer at Large also explores the human element of the problem with portions of the film that follow a 12-year-old girl who has a controversial liposuction procedure to fix her weight gain, and also looks at a number of others suffering from obesity, including filmmaker Neil LaBute.
The film features interviews and covers events which such notable public figures as Former President Clinton, Ralph Nader, Senators Tom Harkin and Sam Brownback, Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Surgeon General Richard Carmona and a number of bestselling authors and renowned experts like Michael Pollan, Barry Glassner, Dr. Kelly Brownell, Dr. Barry Popkin and many others.
Michael F. Jacobson
Deborah Platt Majoras
Shawn M. Talbott