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By James S. Skinner

Exercise and Obesity: Practical Aspects reviews the increased prevalence of obesity in the US and presents results of numerous research studies examining the contribution of genetics and lifestyle to obesity and the effect of exercise on this major public health problem. The DVD includes a discussion of childhood obesity with its associated health risks (e.g., type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome). In addition, the DVD details the role of exercise and diet in weight loss and fitness. In addition, the DVD delineates recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) regarding amount, type, and intensity of exercise required for effective weight management and subsequent health benefits.

Among the topics covered:
  • Obesity and genetics
  • Children and obesity
  • What can be done to minimize these problems?
  • Understanding the effects of exercise intensity and duration
  • ACSM findings and recommendations
  • Considerations for obese people and exercise

    DVD / 2014 / 44 minutes

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    By Russell Pate, Shellie Pfohl, John M. Jakicic

    The Crisis of Obesity: It is Reversible? features a panel of renowned experts who examine the relationship between non-genetic components (e.g. physical activity and nutrition) and obesity and discuss how altering energy balance affects weight loss. The DVD explores the misplaced focus on the treatment of obesity, rather than the prevention of this major public health issue. The DVD also looks at the federal program, Let's Move, initiated by Michelle Obama, aimed at solving the challenge of childhood obesity within the period of a generation. Finally, the DVD reviews selected research studies on energy balance and explores the interaction of factors that influence this model.

    Among the topics covered:
  • Introduction and clarification of terms: obesity, crisis, reversible (Russell Pate)
  • "The game plan of Let's Move!" (Shellie Pfohl)
  • Balancing the obesity crisis: physical activity versus diet (John M. Jakicic)

    DVD / 2013 / 49 minutes

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    Overview of federal government's new food icons MyPlate (which replaced MyPyramid) geared toward people who are obese, "pre-diabetic," or diagnosed with diabetes. Also provides information about general nutrition, diabetes, losing weight, taming portion sizes, and the benefits of physical activity.

    DVD (Region 1) / 2013 / 15 minutes

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    By Linda Moore

    Tackling the Childhood Obesity Epidemic: A Multidisciplinary Team Approach looks at the importance of employing a total-body approach to treating childhood obesity. The DVD discusses why such a strategy should include physicians, psychologists, and dieticians, as well as exercise physiologists. The DVD also details how clinical measures, psychological assessments, nutritional evaluations, and exercise prescriptions and assessments can help overweight and obese children to make appropriate changes in their lifestyle.

    Among the topics covered:
  • Proposed solution to obesity
  • Health complications associated with childhood obesity
  • Future: protocols for weight management programs
  • Childhood obesity program
  • Portion sizes
  • How do I make an impact in the office?
  • Psychological/behavorial risk factors in development of childhood obesity
  • What can I do?
  • Exercise to combat childhood obesity
  • Why an exercise prescription?
  • What do you want to do when you are 100?

    DVD / 2013 / 66 minutes

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    This startling Foreign Correspondent special exposes the shocking explosion of global obesity in places where just a few decades ago hunger was a headline health concern. We've travelled to China where the consumption of sugar and oil has led to an exponential expansion of waistlines; to Brazil where global food companies have fundamentally altered traditional diets and sent the national scales spinning; to India where it's predicted 100 million people will be suffering diabetes in the not too distant future and on to Mexico, the biggest consumer of soft drink in the world, where diabetes is already the number one killer and where the weight problem is so huge, special programs have been developed offering free exercise classes and stomach reduction surgery.

    If you thought obesity was just a problem in the developed economies like the US. UK and Australia, Foreign Correspondent's feature length special, Globesity, will set you straight.

    DVD / 2012 / 55 minutes

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    By Raymond C. Browning, Sarah Shultz

    The current epidemic of obesity is consistent with a myriad of health-related conditions, including those affecting the musculoskeletal system. As a result, biomechanics research has begun to investigate the relationship between these orthopedic complications and an obese individual's ability to participate in physical activity or activities of daily living. On the other hand, biomechanical analysis of the obese population pose several challenges for biomechanists, including accurate marker placement, skin-motion artifact, and body-segment parameter estimation. As a result, accurate biomechanical data may require population-specific protocols. Biomechanics and Obesity: Are We Getting the Right Results? discusses how data acquisition and analysis procedures influence biomechanical measures in adult and pediatric obese populations.

    DVD / 2011 / 66 minutes

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    By Jack H. Wilmore

    Combating the Obesity Epidemic: Treatment Options features an overview of the primary approaches employed to address one of the most serious healthcare issues in the United States. Designed as a resource for health/fitness professionals who want to confront the obesity epidemic through science and practice, the DVD looks at the results of several of the studies in the scientific literature on each of the treatment options and discusses the relative effectiveness of each alternative. The DVD also details several factors (energy balance-related and genetic) that can affect weight loss efforts.

    Among the topics covered:

  • Exercise/physical activity
  • Weight-reducing diets
  • Behavioral treatment
  • Combination interventions
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Summary of interventions use of follow-up
  • Potential factors mediating weight loss

    DVD / 2011 / 59 minutes

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    By Jack H. Wilmore

    The Obesity Epidemic: Fact or Fiction? looks at the prevalence of obesity in the United States and discusses the mortality- and morbidity-related health risks associated with this healthcare condition. The DVD includes a review of the findings of several national surveys (NHES, NHANES, BRFSS) that address this issue. The DVD also summarizes the opinions of individuals who believe that obesity is not currently of epidemic proportions.

    Among the topics covered:

  • Defining an appropriate marker: overweight vs. obese
  • Prevalence of obesity
  • Does obesity impact health?
  • "Opinions" from the dissidents

    DVD / 2011 / 48 minutes

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    Empty calories from sugar and fat found in many favorite beverages are adding inches to Americans' waistlines and may be contributing to rising rates of chronic disease. View five informative video segments offering suggestions for healthy beverage selections featuring Susan Moores, RD. Topics include:

  • How to pick "good" drinks for kids
  • Best beverages if you're watching your weight
  • How to pick healthful beverages
  • How to pick the right drink for sports and athletic performance
  • Busting caffeine myths

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2010 / 26 minutes

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    In our looks-obsessed society, lots of people think that being overweight is simply an appearance issue. Obesity issues go way beyond the ones we usually hear about, like diabetes and heart disease. Being overweight can also affect a person's joints, breathing, sleep, mood and energy levels. Being overweight can impact a person's entire quality of life. Hear from Real Teens as they discuss their self image, weight, obesity and health.

    Subjects Covered Include:
  • Why do Teens become overweight
  • How can Teens avoid being Obese
  • The health issues surrounding being overweight
  • How depression & anxiety add to conditions of Obesity
  • What outside influences can lead to Obesity
  • Changing attitudes toward body image
  • Where to turn to if you or a friend needs help
  • Obesity can change a Teens personal self-esteem
  • How outside influences such as family life & hurtful teasing can lead to Obesity, depression & other serious issues in a Teens life & happiness

    DVD / 2008 / (Grades 8-12) / 18 minutes

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    A Guide for Parents. Includes childhood obesity risk factors; obesity definitions; possible lifestyle and family changes that ameliorate this problem; need for support and validation.

    DVD (Region 1) / 2007 / 14 minutes

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    With obesity becoming a national epidemic, it is more important than ever to show young teens how to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This program explains all about calories, nutrients, the food pyramid, eating healthy at fast food restaurants, and how to read food labels; stresses the importance of portion size and regular exercise. Encourages teens to reach the weight that's right for them, and shows them that they are in control. After viewing this program, students will be aware of their need to eat smart, recognize that they can be in control of their weight, and know how to change unhealthy eating and behavioral habits into healthy ones.

    DVD / 2007 / (Grades 6-12)

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    With the help of a registered nutritionist and fitness expert, two overweight teens create a plan of action to prevent obesity by setting realistic goals, finding interesting exercise programs, and making healthier food choices even at fast food restaurants.

    DVD / 2007 / (Grades 6-12) / 26 minutes

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    New viedo explains the connections between obesity and type 2 diabetes. Discusses damage caused by free fatty acids and other ways in which obesity contributes to diabetes and heart disease. Lots of tips on how to move more and eat less.

    DVD (Region 1) / 2006 / 19 minutes

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    What type of beverage do you reach for when you're with friends? The choices you make have the potential to greatly affect your health. This educational video uses a fast-paced, teen-friendly format to address the growing national obesity problem and how beverages factor in.

    Topics include the effect of beverages on weight gain, beverage size, the dangers of both regular and diet sodas, a comparison of sports and energy drinks, a nutritional breakdown of other popular beverages, and the benefits of drinking water.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2006 / (Grades 5-Adult) / 20 minutes

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    By Kathryn M. Kolasa, PhD, RD, LDN

    This video is the first of a two-part series on the evaluation and management of adult obesity, which has become a major epidemic in the United States. Dr. Kathryn Kolasa and her colleagues discuss the health risks associated with adult obesity; use of the body mass index table and waist measurement to assess weight status; diet-and-exercise prescriptions to treat obesity and reduce the risk of related comorbidities; and special considerations in the management of obese elderly patients. Teaching points are presented within the context of actual physician-patient interactions. Viewers are referred to the latest guidelines from the AAFP, AMA, CDC, and NIH on the assessment, treatment, and prevention of adult obesity

    DVD / 2005 / 60 minutes

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    By Kathryn M. Kolasa, PhD, RD, LDN

    DVD / 2005 / 60 minutes

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    By Mickey Freeman

    Obesity is second only to smoking as the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. Minority and low-income communities have been the hardest hit. Ironically, in the midst of this epidemic, American families are chronically undernourished. This documentary takes an accessible, non-clinical approach that communicates the serious consequences of obesity, while also offering strategies for change. It explores several aspects of the crisis:

  • Self-esteem: 18-year-old Lizzie, seriously overweight, says "I think about my weight every day." She complains that her mother constantly reinforces the negative messages of the media, to which her mother replies "I think I gave her the same kind of messages that my mother gave me."

  • Nutrition & Exercise: Joanna is 17 and comes from a family of obese overeaters. She says she's never gotten good information about eating habits in school or from the media, and she's angry that her mother never put limits on her eating. Though she says she hates exercise, she's found that she enjoys playing softball, and has even gotten her mom and sister involved.

  • Television: At 40 years old and 400 pounds, Jay has been told that he could die in a few years if he doesn't get his weight under control. Jay's whole family are overweight and over-stressed; they also have a TV in every room X but found that when they turned off the televisions for a few months, Jay's son's reading scores jumped by two grade levels.

  • The Family Meal: Pressured by fast paced jobs and the need for two wage-earners to raise a family, parents spend less and less time with their children, who may in turn feel isolated and depressed X and come to depend on food to make up for it. One of the first casualties of our economy's pressures on families is the nurturing connection provided by the traditional family meal.

  • "Explores the complex problem of child obesity with authenticity and sensitivity. Viewers will connect with every child and family interviewed, while learning approaches that can turn the tide." - Judith Levine, RD, MS, Nutritionist and Author

  • "Should be required viewing for every doctor, nurse and dietitian. Health professionals need to understand the difficulties families face as they try to adopt healthier lifestyles." - Joanne P. Ikeda, MA, RD, University of California

  • "Conveys the prejudice that fat adolescents and children face from themselves as well as from families and the public who fear and despise fatness and blame fat people as simply self indulgent. It documents the very real obstacles in obtaining access to, and even knowledge about, healthy, low-calorie meals in a world of fast food and busy schedules, made more difficult by low income." - Margaret Mackenzie, PhD, RN, California College of the Arts

  • "The Weight of Obesity...a balanced reality looks at the complex issues behind the obesity epidemic in America, which is rapidly becoming our number one public health problem. It is insightful and important." - Dr. Andrew Weil, best-selling author and Director of the Program in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson

  • Finalist, International Health & Medical Media Competition

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2005 / 57 minutes

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    This program presents two hospital based programs that help kids lose weight and keep the pounds off - and help set realistic goals based on good health over appearance. Problems with weight cause children to be less active and can lead to social withdrawal, low self-esteem, and depression. The consequences are disturbing; type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, sleep problems, osteoarthritis, infertility and cancer.

    DVD / 2004 / 28 minutes

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    One out of every four Americans is obese and 60% of the population is overweight. Learn what is at the root of a problem that undermines health and self-esteem. The importance of adopting more healthful eating habits for a lifetime and the recommendation that people engage in regular physical activity are underscored. Treatments that are available for obesity are discussed, and the names of support groups are provided in a program that deals with the topic of obesity in a frank, yet sensitive manner.

    Learning Objectives:
    1) Students will learn how obesity is determined. They will learn how this condition threatens health. Factors that contribute to the development of obesity will be examined.
    2) The social stigma suffered by obese teens will be understood.
    3) Students will learn how obesity can be treated and they'll understand the importance of a healthful lifestyle.

  • Telly Awards "Finalist"

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2004 / (Grades 6-12) / 22 minutes

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    By Kathryn M. Kolasa, PhD, RD, LDN

    Fast food. Video games. Cutbacks in school physical education programs. These and other social forces are contributing to an astounding increase in the number of overweight kids. Some six million American children are now so obese that their health is endangered, and five million more are on the threshold of this condition. The rate of childhood obesity is rapidly rising. Currently, it is estimated that one in three children is either overweight or at risk for obesity. Clinicians are discovering in children the diseases associated with excess body weight that were formerly seen mainly in adults, including type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. What can health care providers do to stem the tide? When should they make a sensitive approach to parents and kids about this problem, and how can overweight or obesity in children be effectively managed in an appropriate manner? In this first program of a two-part series, Dr. Kolasa describes the prevalence of childhood obesity, discusses contributing factors, and offers screening and treatment strategies.

    DVD / 2002 / 60 minutes

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    By Kathryn M. Kolasa, PhD, RD, LDN

    Preventing childhood obesity is more than a clinical problem. School and local community involvement are crucial in stemming the tide of this growing epidemic. Important intervention and prevention strategies, such as healthy eating and exercise, are most effective when physicians work in tandem with community-based initiatives. In this second program of a two-part series, Dr. Kolasa examines ways that various school-based and community-supported programs can work hand-in-hand with clinical interventions to help overweight children lead healthier lives. Directors of these programs also offer their advice about methods that allow physicians to intervene early and to get involved with community efforts to forestall the development of obesity in our children.

    DVD / 2002 / 60 minutes

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    Definition of obesity; BMI explanation; issue of nature vs. nurture; pros and cons of surgical procedures; fallacy of "miracle" diets; role of diet pills; associated health problems; childhood obesity including parental modeling and activity deficits.

    DVD (Region 1) / 2000 / 16 minutes

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    Explore why childhood and adolescent obesity is such a big problem today and ways to reverse the trend

    2 DVDs / (Middle & High School)

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    An astounding one in three adults and one in six children in the United States are categorized as obese. It's clear that America has an obesity problem. Worse yet, it is forecast by many scientists that this epidemic will become much worse in coming years. This fact-filled video clearly explains the effects and consequences of this crippling epidemic. The health hazards that accompany this lifestyle disease are exposed and explained in detail. These include such life-altering conditions as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The video and print curriculum combine to show viewers that they can take control and avoid obesity now and throughout their lives. The program motivates students to develop healthy food consumption habits and to engage in a life-long program of regular exercise.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / (Grades 7-College) / 20 minutes

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