The Skinny on Obesity
America’s obesity problem has reached startling proportions. Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital shares his message that sugar is a toxin fueling the obesity epidemic. His UCSF talk, "Sugar: The Bitter Truth," appeared on University of California Television’s (UCTV) YouTube channel in 2009.
With over 2.4 million views to date, the video has sparked a national dialogue and inspired UCTV to go more in-depth on the subject with "The Skinny on Obesity." The seven part series features Dr. Lustig on the YouTube original channel, UCTV Prime, and its related blog and bonus content are all available for online viewing at the series website (http://www.uctv.tv/skinny-on-obesity/) and the UCTV Prime YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/uctv).
Throughout the series, Dr. Lustig and his colleagues Elissa Epel and Barbara Laraia, co-directors of the UCSF Center for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment(COAST), unpack the scientific and sociological factors that have contributed to the startling rise in obesity rates over the last 30 years.
Featuring interviews, charts and graphic visualizations, the 6 to 10-minute episodes provide a comprehensive perspective on an issue that affects everyone, of any weight. The series website also provides links to relevant research studies, quizzes and helpful tips for viewers looking to get a grip on their sugar consumption.
The following briefly describe each of the seven episodes.
"An Epidemic for Every Body (Ep. 1)"
How did we get so fat, so fast? The first episode debunks the theory that obesity only affects the "gluttons and sloths" among us and is, in fact, a public health problem that impacts everyone.