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 muchwe 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.
If you’ve been following our series “The Skinny on Obesity,” you’ve heard Dr. Robert Lustig explain what happens to the body and the brain when faced with processing excess sugars. But what do we do with our minds to try to mitigate the problem?
Is sugar a toxin that’s fueling the global obesity epidemic? That’s the argument UCSF’s Dr. Robert Lustig makes in “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” a video that appeared on UCTV’s YouTube channel in 2009 and has since gone viral with over 2.2 million views, sparking a national dialogue and warranting coverage in The New York Times and most recently on CBS’ 60 Minutes.
On UCTV Prime’s new series “The Skinny on Obesity,” Dr. Lustig and two of his UCSF colleagues tease out the science behind this alarming claim and the dire threat it poses to global public health. The first episode in the 7-part series, “An Epidemic for Every Body,” premieres today on UCTV Prime, a YouTube original channel, with new episodes every Friday through May 25. And make sure to check out “The Skinny on Obesity” website for bonus content and guest posts from UCSF experts.
Throughout the series, Dr. Lustig, a UCSF pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, 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 12-minute episodes provide a comprehensive perspective on an issue that affects everyone, of any weight.
Here’s what’s coming on “The Skinny on Obesity:”
April 13 “An Epidemic for Every Body”
How did we get so fat, so fast? The debut 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.
April 20 “Sickeningly Sweet”
Dr. Lustig illustrates the overabundance of sugar in today’s processed convenience foods and explains how our bodies metabolize these sugars in the same way as alcohol or other toxins, causing damage to the liver and other organs.
April 27 “Hunger and Hormones: A Vicious Cycle”
Sugar impacts the brain just as much as the waistline. In this episode, Dr. Lustig explains the biochemical shifts that sugar causes, making us store fat and feel hungry at the same time.
May 4 “Sugar: A Sweet Addiction”
Sugar isn’t just sweet, it’s addictive. This episode explores the cycle of addiction that sugar causes in the brain, much in the same way as drugs and alcohol.
May 11 “Generation XL”
An unnerving trend of obese infants is just one indication that obesity can be passed on from mother to fetus. This installment looks towards the next generation, with an emphasis on preventive care and pre-natal health.
May 18 “A Fast-Paced, Fast Food Life”
The pace of modern life is a key contributor to today’s obesity epidemic. Elissa Epel and Barbara Laraia explain the connection and offer practical and effective solutions that don’t involve dieting and exercise.
May 25 “Drugs, Cigarettes, Alcohol.and Sugar?”
Our experts offer a frank indictment of the country’s agricultural policy and food industry, which have made it nearly impossible to avoid sugar in our daily diet, and suggestions for possible remedies.
If universities had “rock stars,” we’d definitely have one on our hands with Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco. He may not carry a guitar or have flocks of cheering fans, but Dr. Lustig has earned himself a lot attention since his 90-minute talk, “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” went live on UCTV’s YouTube channel in 2009.
In the video, Dr. Lustig urgently explains how his research points to sugar as a toxin that’s fueling the global obesity epidemic. To date, his message has been watched more than 2.1 million times on YouTube and downloaded another 1 million times through iTunes. It also inspired a much talked about New York Times Magazine article by Gary Taubes and sparked a national conversation. The spotlight will get even hotter this Sunday night, April 1, when Dr. Lustig appears on CBS’ “60 Minutes” to discuss his alarming research.
If you haven’t already been brought to attention by Dr. Lustig’s message, the “60 Minutes” report will undoubtedly do the trick — and will leave you hungry for more information. That’s why you’ll want to tune in to UCTV Prime’s “The Skinny on Obesity,” an original series featuring Dr. Lustig and his colleagues at UCSF’s Center for Obesity Assessment, Study & Treatment, who are opening new avenues in obesity research that will impact all of our lives. The exclusive, seven-part series premieres April 13 on UCTV Prime, a YouTube original channel, with new installments posted every Friday, along with additional material, blog posts, poll questions and more at the website. Here’s a preview of what’s in store: