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Childhood Obesity [electronic resource]

You may have heard of the childhood obesity epidemic. But is it real? And if it is real, how important is it? I'm Dr. Alan Greene, and the answer is yes, it's very real. Up until about 1988, kids' weights in the United States were pretty constant over the years. But since 1988, they've been skyrocketing. And that's important for a few reasons. One of them is that whatever our weight is today, people tend to gain weight gradually over time. So if you're already overweight as a child, that sets you up to be really overweight as an adult. And all the more so as a child because when kids, before puberty especially, are putting on extra weight, they tend to make new fat cells. Whereas adults, when they're getting overweight, tend to have the fat cells they already have get larger. People [...]

Recovering [electronic resource]: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa

Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are serious medical conditions that can be deadly if left untreated, and they afflict people of all ages and races, especially young women. This video follows Peabody- and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Larkin McPhee (Dying to Be Thin) as she uncovers facts about eating disorders and the many challenges of coping with them. Viewers meet health and psychology experts as well as patients in recovery who offer honest appraisals of their struggles to overcome debilitating eating disorders. Topics and themes include: Who is at risk? What causes and perpetuates an eating disorder? Why are eating disorders dangerous? How are they treated?

A Healthy You Video Clip Collection [electronic resource]: Heart and Gastric-Related Health

What is the human body's most important system? Answer: they're all equally important, but when we take special care of our cardiovascular and digestive health, we have a good chance at a long, relatively disease-free life. This collection of seven video clips covers many of the basic concerns and illnesses related to heart and gastric health. Each clip averages four minutes in length. Video clips include... Cholesterol: The heart is the engine of the body, and one important factor in keeping it healthy is cholesterol control. Cholesterol is a lipid or fat that is made in the liver from fatty foods. Cholesterol is carried in the blood, and we all need it to keep healthy-but on the other hand, too much cholesterol circulating in the bloodstream can be dangerous. Diabetes: Diabe [...]

I'm Not Nuts [electronic resource]: Living With Food Allergies

More than 15 million Americans suffer from some form of food allergies. Uncover the common misinformation regarding food allergies as experienced by several families featured in this film. Included are interviews with medical professionals alongside representatives from worldwide food allergy support and advocacy groups; discussion on the possible causes of food allergies; the coping challenges and strategies; and the medical, emotional, and social impact these allergies have on families. This is a positive, solution-based film designed to educate so that you and your family can enjoy a healthy quality of life.

Stressed Monkeys Eat More [electronic resource]

Researchers in Atlanta studied a group of dominant monkeys and a group of subordinate monkeys to track their eating habits. The subordinate monkeys ate more of the food that was full of fats and sugars. Scientists say that food high in fat and sugar are comfort foods, and the monkeys under stress from their dominant counterparts were drawn to that food. This ABC News report looks at the correlation of this study to the eating habits of humans.

Globesity [electronic resource]: Fat's New Frontier

Not so long ago, countries like Mexico, India, and China counted malnutrition as a major health concern. Today, hundreds of millions of people in these countries are coping with obesity and its associated diseases, growing fatter, and at a faster rate, than Americans. This program explores the shocking explosion of global obesity and examines its links to increasing wealth and changing diets. The video travels to Mexico, where two-thirds of the population is overweight due to the popularity of soft drinks; to Brazil, where cheap, highly processed foods are found in even the most remote areas; to India, where a combination of better wages and genetic predisposition has experts predicting a diabetes epidemic; and to China, where a new middle class consumes more sugar and fat, and far m [...]

Self-Image and Eating Disorders [electronic resource]: A Mirror for the Heart

For many women, a preoccupation with body image and a lack of self-esteem manifest themselves in an obsession with food and diet. Such destructive obsessions can result in anorexia nervosa and/or bulimia. These eating disorders are not about food; they are a reflection of and an outlet for inner turmoil, fueled by society's focus on appearance and the fashion of thinness. This program looks at the hidden behavior, stress, denial, and the cycle of guilt and shame that underlie these eating disorders; shows how depression, low energy, desperation, serious medical complications, and even death can result; and explores their effects on family and friends. The program shows how, when women begin to admit to themselves that there is a problem, relief comes in sharing their story with other [...]

Celiac Disease [electronic resource]

Nearly three million Americans suffer from celiac disease, a hereditary, autoimmune digestive disorder which is difficult to diagnose. Discover how a gluten-free diet (no wheat, rye, or barley) results in greatly improved health for those suffering from this disease.

Checkerboard Tech Detects Pathogens in 24 Hours [electronic resource]

The Lawrence Livermore Microbial Detection Array can identify viruses and food-borne pathogens within 24 hours.

Dying to Be Thin [electronic resource]

This program profiles a young woman obsessed with the desire to be thin. It has taken her four hospitalizations and years of outpatient therapy to help her overcome her problem. Doctors in this program discuss the characteristics of anorexia nervosa and bulimia and identify those most likely to be affected by these disorders. Self-starvation and binging and purging can lead to cardiac problems and a cessation of the menstrual cycle. And although great efforts have been made to educate people about eating disorders, they continue to represent a nationwide problem.