Rogelio Zamora Chavez, Michael Seringer
Diabetesville, USA tells the story of Cameron County, Texas, a region of the country suffering a healthcare crisis so severe it is affecting 30 percent of the total population. Diabetes and obesity have become so commonplace along the Texas/Mexico border, they have lulled the community into acceptance. More importantly, this film gives the nation a window into the future as recent estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that by the year 2050, the rest of the nation will look like Diabetesville, USA, does today. A provocative film, Diabetesville, USA examines the healthcare system, culture and response of a community trying to move from complacency to action in fighting obesity and diabetes. This film is a cautionary tale that brings to light shocking issues such as the huge increase in Type II diabetic children in South Texas.