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Learning to Make a Change (04:26)


Individuals struggling with obesity share their desire to become thin and wonder how they gained so much weight. Dr. Francis Collins explains that society needs to learn effective interventions through research. The National Institutes of Health spends more than $800 million per year into the causes, consequences, treatments, and prevention of obesity.

Is there a Right Way to Lose Weight? (02:07)

Yolanda Neils participates in a weight loss program at the Washington University School of Medicine. By changing her lifestyle, she has lost over 20% of her body weight in 18 months.

Start with Small Steps (04:15)

Neils discovered she drank over 1,500 calories per day. Dr. Samuel Klein believes weight loss is attainable by starting with small steps, making realistic goals, seeking support, keeping portions under control, tracking your caloric intake, and incorporating physical activity.

Dieting (03:46)

Individuals struggling with obesity discuss which diets they attempted. Susan Yager explains that every diet must contain a hook or gimmick. Brian Wansink describes how it is easier to lose weight than maintain weight.

The Set Point: Why Maintaining Weight Loss is So Hard (02:29)

A dieter needs to imbibe 20% fewer calories in order to maintain the same weight as someone who has never lost weight. Individuals who struggle with obesity discuss pre-diabetes and diabetes.

How Can I Save Myself from Diabetes? (06:43)

One can reduce the risk of diabetes by increasing physical activity by 150 minutes a week and reducing 7% of your body weight. David Nathan studied a pair of twins to separate hereditary factors of diabetes from environment factors. Abdominal fat increases the chance of Type-2 diabetes.

Vivia's Story (02:36)

Vivia discusses how her peers teased her in school, what food means to her, and what she would do if she lost weight.

Single Best Thing for Weight Loss? (03:31)

Researchers linked drinking sugar-sweetened beverages to obesity. Juice and sodas do not include any nutritional benefit. Deborah Clegg explains that low-calorie diets slow down a woman's metabolism, making it harder to lose weight in the stomach and hips.

Facts and Myths about Exercise (03:49)

Exercise alone is an inefficient method for weight loss but helps maintain weight. Physical activity reduces the chance of diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and osteoporosis. Studies recommend 150 minutes of moderately intense physical activity and two muscle strengthening exercise sessions per week for adults.

What Can I Do at Work to Improve My Health? (06:00)

Individuals who struggle with obesity discuss the difficulties of incorporating healthy eating and exercise into long days. Christina "Gigi" Filippi began a wellness committee at work.

Stress Increases Weight Gain (05:24)

Cortisol released from the adrenal glands increases the desire to eat high-fat, calorie dense foods. "Mindful Eating Study" participants learn how to recognize when they eat because of stress or boredom. By exercising regularly, the brain gains the opioids it desires.

Tom Perricone's Story (02:10)

Tom Perricone lost 60 pounds in a year and participates in the "Mindful Study." He credits his success to meditating for several minutes prior to eating.

Who Should Have Bariatric Surgery? (04:23)

The perception that those who undergo bariatric surgery are weak is erroneous. Judge Phillipson could not lose weight, became diabetic, and opted for surgery to live longer.

Darrell Phillipson's Surgery (04:10)

Learn why patients lose weight with a Roux-en-Y bypass. Dr. Flum discusses gastric bypass benefits and potential ramifications; the pancreas secretes more insulin.

Phillipson's Surgery: Five Months Later (03:13)

Phillipson experienced multiple complications from the Roux-en-Y surgery, but has lost over 100 pounds. Successful patients need to change their lifestyle by exercising daily, following a diet, and taking vitamins.

Maintaining Weight Loss On Your Own (02:52)

Kelly Brownell explains that people who maintain their weight loss must be vigilant. After losing 100 pounds apiece, Rhonda and Elena share how their lives have changed.

National Weight Control Registry (06:19)

Rhonda and Elena suggest walking, eating grilled, steamed, or baked food, and keeping a food journal. Make goals small enough that they are 100% achievable. Approximately 90% of those who successfully keep weight off exercise an hour a day.

Credits: The Weight of The Nation: Part 2— Choices (02:12)

Credits: The Weight of The Nation: Part 2— Choices

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This program provides viewers with the “skinny” on fat, sharing scientific insights into how to lose weight, maintain weight loss, and prevent weight gain.  Stories include: weight-loss tips from a supervised program at Washington University; the history and myths of dieting; the benefits and drawbacks of bariatric surgery (in which stomach size is reduced); the importance of losing weight (even just a little) to prevent or reverse diabetes; and the extreme vigilance it takes to achieve and maintain a significant weight loss. 

Length: 73 minutes

Item#: BVL137761

Copyright date: ©2012

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