Obesity In America

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  • 2010
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It is no secret that obesity is becoming a growing issue in the United States of America. The television documentary special Obesity In America tries to hone in on this growing trend and pin point why it is becoming such a large issue. The show tries to figure out not just what is causing it but why so that we can have a better idea of why it happens. The problem is clearly not just the food being made but the long-term diet habits of Americans. The TV show contains some content which may not be suitable for young children.

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Will Obesity Reverse Rise in U.S. Life Expectancy?
8. Will Obesity Reverse Rise in U.S. Life Expectancy?
May 8, 2012
Public health experts have long warned of a growing obesity epidemic in America. This week, the Institute of Medicine and others launched a major campaign in hopes of curbing the problem. Ray Suarez and Dr. Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health discuss the personal and public consequences of obesity.
High Obesity Rates Stress U.S. Health Care Budgets
7. High Obesity Rates Stress U.S. Health Care Budgets
July 27, 2009
A recent study found that obesity rates grew 37 percent from 1998 to 2008 and account for 10 percent of the nation's health care spending. The author of the report speaks with Gwen Ifill about health concerns in the U.S.
New York City's Mayor Proposes Ban on Large, Sugary Drinks
6. New York City's Mayor Proposes Ban on Large, Sugary Drinks
May 31, 2012
In this May 2012 conversation, Judy Woodruff speaks with New York Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley and Andrew Moesel of the New York State Restaurant Association about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on the sale of large, sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts to help fight obesity.
California City Considers Sugary Drink Tax
5. California City Considers Sugary Drink Tax
June 7, 2012
A look at a controversial plan by the city of Richmond, California to tax soda and other sugary drinks. Spencer Michels reports.
Michelle Obama: Team Effort Needed to Halt Childhood
4. Michelle Obama: Team Effort Needed to Halt Childhood
February 9, 2010
In this June 2010 interview, Jim Lehrer speaks with first lady Michelle Obama about her initiative to address the issue of childhood obesity in the U.S. and what needs to be done to help bring it under control.
Mississippi Fried Food Fight Against Childhood Obesity
3. Mississippi Fried Food Fight Against Childhood Obesity
May 12, 2010
A look at the battle being waged in Mississippi against the fried foods that have become traditional staples in the state. Betty Ann Bowser reports.
Mississippi 'Food Deserts' Fuel Obesity Epidemic
2. Mississippi 'Food Deserts' Fuel Obesity Epidemic
June 3, 2010
As the government highlights the growing health risks of childhood obesity, Betty Ann Bowser reports from the Mississippi Delta on how so-called "food deserts" keep some communities from access to healthy food.
Chefs Cook Up Ideas for Healthy School Lunches
1. Chefs Cook Up Ideas for Healthy School Lunches
August 6, 2010
Two chefs from New York City have stepped out of their kitchens and into school cafeterias to lend their services in hopes of crafting healthier menus for school lunches. Betty Ann Bowser reports.
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It is no secret that obesity is becoming a growing issue in the United States of America. The television documentary special Obesity In America tries to hone in on this growing trend and pin point why it is becoming such a large issue. The show tries to figure out not just what is causing it but why so that we can have a better idea of why it happens. The problem is clearly not just the food being made but the long-term diet habits of Americans. The TV show contains some content which may not be suitable for young children.

  • Premiere Date
    August 6, 2010