Diets make bold claims: drop 15 pounds in four weeks! Shed that stubborn belly fat! Get the abs you’ve always wanted! But, for most people, diets just don’t work. In fact, studies show the vast majority of dieters who do lose weight end up right back where they started, or even heavier, after five years. Neuroscientists and science writers Sandra Aamodt and Darya Rose break down the road blocks to sustained weight loss, and how your own brain is sabotaging your success. Rose explains how you can skip the crash diets and create long-lasting changes through the science of forming new habits. Her step-by-step approach makes the daunting task of creating a healthier, happier you seem simple.
Lately, the subject of added sugar in our diets has been in the news. Most recently the FDA announced the first makeover of the nutrition label since it appeared twenty years ago. One of the big changes is the requirement to note how much added sugar is in a product. The new labeling now indicates a food’s naturally occurring sugar as well as its added sugar content.
Changes like these have been reverberating around the globe. Before the FDA’s changes in labeling, countries like France and Mexico increased taxes on sugary drinks specifically to treat the epidemic of added sugar’s health effects in their countries, and The United Nations identified the cost of treating the chronic health effects of added sugar as a grave threat to world economies.
One reason for these seismic changes in global health policy is UC San Francisco endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig, a leader in the movement to recognize that sugary foods are at the root of the obesity epidemic and the increase in metabolic disease. As a principal in UC San Francisco’s Center for Obesity Assessment and Treatment, Dr. Lustig is a rigorous scientist digging for the reality about foods’ effects on our health.
While a tireless researcher and clinician, his contributions to this movement in the public sphere are many. One of the most seminal of these was one of UCTV’s most popular programs, Sugar: The Bitter Truth, which details exactly how added sugar corrupts human metabolism. This stark expose of the consequences of added sugar has been viewed over 4 million times on YouTube.
The program resonated throughout media, from The New York Times, to UK’s Channel 4’s Dispatches, to CBS’ Sixty Minutes to CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, bringing out the hard facts about added sugar to an often-disbelieving world.
That one lecture was so popular that UCTV’s YouTube Original Channel UCTV Prime followed with the multi part series The Skinny on Obesity. Featuring Lustig and his colleagues at UC San Francisco detailing the insidious effects of added sugar on human health, the series has been viewed over 1.6 million times on YouTube.
And so Dr. Lustig and UCTV continue. Last October, Dr. Lustig shared the latest information about added sugars with the UCTV program Fat Chance: Fructose 2.0 and released The Fat Chance Cookbook, a companion to his New York Times Best Seller Fat Chance.
And now, for the first time, the CDC has reported a decline in childhood obesity in 2 to 5 year olds.
Better research, better information, and practical steps to improving the health of people around the globe — hopefully the bitter truth will lead to a sweeter future.
Browse more videos about obesity and nutrition on UCTV:
It’s been another fantastic year of enlightening content. Here’s a recap of UCTV’s most watched programs of 2013:
Mario D. Garrett, PhD discusses the scientific revolution currently happening in dementia studies, dementia errors that impact research, and the importance of social interaction for patients with dementia.
Clinical neuropsychologist Eric Freitag of Sport Concussion Program explains the risks and medical implications of concussions. Learn how to spot a concussion, when to see a doctor, and how treatment should progress.
Cognitive abilities often regarded as unique to humans include humor, morality, symbolism, creativity, and preoccupation with the minds of others. In these compelling talks, emphasis is placed on the functional uniqueness of these attributes, as opposed to the anatomical uniqueness.
UC San Diego neuroscientists Ralph Greenspan and Nicholas Spitzer join Kris Famm of GlaxoSmithKline and James Fallows of The Atlantic for a look into the future of brain research. This program is part of The Atlantic Meets the Pacific 2013 series presented by The Atlantic and UCSD.
Big Bang! is the annual UC Davis Business Plan Competition, hosted by the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and organized by MBA students of the Graduate School of Management. Find out the winners of this year’s competition.
Katherine Gundling, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Allergy and Immunology at UCSF, and Practice Chief of the Allergy/Immunology clinic at Moffitt Hospital examines the essential purpose of the immune system and how living with a primary disorder of immunity can affect daily life.
Marc Onetto, senior vice president of worldwide operations and customer service at Amazon.com, shares Amazon’s secrets to success. Hosted by the UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series.
Charles Kennel, Former Scripps Institution of Oceanography director and chair of the National Academy’s Space Science Board, reviews what NASA’s space program has accomplished, what it is doing now, and what the future holds for human space exploration.
Curtis Cramblett, PT, CFMT, CSCS has been an avid cyclist and racer for more than 20 years and has spent thousands of hours on his bike. He shares his expertise on proper bike fit including what a good bike fit feels like, your biomechanical needs, and adjusting your bike to your body.
Tracy DiNunzio, Founder and CEO of Tradesy a fashion resale website, talks about what it took to get her company off the ground. She is also the CEO and founder of Recycled Bride, the Web’s largest wedding resale marketplace, which launched in 2009.
Enjoy this unique opportunity to experience Kagura (sacred music and ritual dances) from Chichibu, in the first and only US performance of the shrine’s Kagura troupe. Chichibu Kagura, dating back to approximately the seventeenth century, with a repertory based on ancient myths, has been designated by the government as an Important Formless Folkloric Cultural Property.
What opportunities are in the burgeoning craft brewing industry? In this Career Channel presentation, you’ll learn the answers from a panel of experts that includes Stone Brewing founder Greg Koch, Lost Abbey brewer Tomme Arthur, Ballast Point brewer and co-founder Yuseff Cherney, and the founder of White Labs Inc. Pure Yeast and Fermentation, Chris White.
Dr. Jay Levyan, an AIDS and cancer researcher at UCSF, discusses the discovery of HIV and its basic science. Then, Dr. C. Bradley Hare, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Director, UCSF HIV/AIDS Division at San Francisco General Hospital, explores HIV and its diseases through case presentations from the clinic.
Harry Kreisler welcomes Nobel Laureate Gary S. Becker for a discussion of his intellectual journey. Topics include: Milton Friedman, his early work on discrimination, the skills and temperament required for work in economics, applying economic analysis to social problems, the Chicago school of economics, creativity, rational choice theory, markets vs. government, the impact of ideas on policy, the communications revolution, and the lessons of the 2008 economic collapse.
Brylyne Chitsunge is an internationally acclaimed expert and facilitator of the Nigeria-South Africa Group on Agriculture and a tireless advocate for farmers in her native South Africa. Chitsunge counts herself among the 70 percent of farmers who are women in South Africa. Despite the challenges, she was able to buy her own land and works as a farmer and breeder of Kalahari Red goats, Nguni cattle, free range poultry, indigenous pigs and most recently Tilapia fish.
Opening Keynote by Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy ’09-’13 and Professor at Stanford University, titled Materials Science Innovations in Energy Efficiency and Generation. Conference hosted in May, 2013 by the UCSB Institute for Energy Efficiency.
Dr. Robert Lustig, UCSF Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, updates his very popular video Sugar: The Bitter Truth. He argues that sugar and processed foods are driving the obesity epidemic, which in turn affects our endocrine system. In UCTV’s documentary, The Skinny on Obesity, Dr. Lustig and his colleagues discuss the root causes of the obesity epidemic.
The UCTV series Eating for Health and The Skinny on Obesity are excellent resources for those eager to live healthy and prevent common nutrition related illnesses. In today’s world, it is easy to fall prey to the temptations of comfort foods and drinks. Dr. Robert Baron, UCSF Associate Dean for Graduate and Continuing Medical Education, values the opportunity to share results from the latest scientific research regarding nutrition to help people make healthier choices in their everyday lives.
Internationally known endocrinologist and star lecturer of the popular UCTV video, Sugar: The Bitter Truth, Dr. Robert Lustig analyzes the issue of obesity in the new documentary, The Complete Skinny on Obesity. Dr. Lustig and his UCSF colleagues Elissa Epel and Barbara Laraia explain why what we eat is just as important as how much we eat and look into the effects of stress and other factors on obesity rates.. Learn about the root causes of obesity, and why experts anticiapte that the next generation will die significantly younger than it’s predecessor due to obesity its related health issues.
Powered by the UCSF Osher Mini Medical School for the Public, Eating for Health is a new series that explores the topics of health and nutrition, as well as the prevention and treatment of common nutrition-related illnesses. In Fat Chance: Fructose 2.0, Dr. Lustig gives an update on the effects of processed sugar on our hormone systems and how this contributes to obesity. Read How Sweet is Sweet? for more information about everyday sweeteners.
Obesity is our nation’s greatest epidemic and public health challenge and the folks at the UCSF Center for Obesity, Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST) have found an interesting new angle in which to approach it — through sleep.
In one of the first scientific conferences to focus on the interactions between sleep, stress and obesity, COAST gathered together leading researchers from across the country to examine the problem from a variety of interesting angles, including how sleep and stress impact our metabolism and brain function, why adequate sleep and stress reduction may be the 21st century pillars of health, and more. And now you can join in on this groundbreaking exchange of information.
Watch “Sleep, Stress & Obesity: A Weighty Issue” on UCTV.
Here are the first two programs in the five-part series, with more coming online each week. And check out the COAST series page for more obesity-related video.