8 Best Obesity Videos of 2013

8 Best Obesity Videos of 2013

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  • America Has a Weight Problem

    America Has a Weight Problem

    In America, weight is taboo. Are people who are overweight and obese lazy, or do they have a diagnosable medical condition that prevents them from losing weight easily? 

    This collection of videos captures all sides of the argument—impassioned or logical as they may be. The truth is, America has a weight problem, and whether we like it or not, more and more people are seeing the scale tip too high. These clips offer the latest in science and research, as well as intensely emotional insight into what it’s like to be obese in this country.

  • Generation XXL: A 12-Year-Old's Struggle with Morbid Obesity

    Generation XXL: A 12-Year-Old's Struggle with Morbid Obesity

    Journalist Lisa Ling introduces you to Briana, a 12-year-old girl who weighs more than 325 pounds. Briana needs help.

    This video is a painful look at the shame, humiliation, and fear young overweight and obese children face today. More importantly, it’s a look at how family dynamics affect a child’s weight and health. In this case, Briana’s parents admit they don’t know how to feed themselves or Briana. They skip the fresh fruits and vegetables at the grocery store and head straight to the canned aisles. It’s a sobering look at the childhood obesity epidemic in America through the eyes of one family and one overweight girl.


  • Should Obesity Be a Disease?

    Should Obesity Be a Disease?

    Is obesity a disease? In June 2013, the American Medical Association said yes. Other members of the medical community disagree, however.

    Laci Green of DNews, an online news channel from the Discovery Channel, walks you through the arguments for and against the decision. Pros: The new classification might help obese individuals find better treatments, end stigma, and help doctors get reimbursed for weight-management visits with patients. Cons: Giving obese people a disease label to hide under may make them feel helpless, which gives them no incentive to seek help. Watch the video and decide how you feel about the topic for yourself.

  • The Skinny on Obesity: An Epidemic for Every Body

    The Skinny on Obesity: An Epidemic for Every Body

    In this first part of a seven-part series on obesity, Dr. Robert Lustig, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, helps debunk the myth that obesity is a disease of “gluttons and sloths.” Willpower isn’t the only factor in how much a person weighs, he says. In fact, Lustig points out, many of the diseases related to obesity are found in people who are average weight or even thin. These diseases include heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic disorder. Why is that? Lustig helps dissect that answer.

  • Peter Attia: Is the Obesity Crisis Hiding a Bigger Problem?

    Peter Attia: Is the Obesity Crisis Hiding a Bigger Problem?

    As a young surgeon, Peter Attia found himself battling prejudice—contempt, even—after an ER encounter with a young diabetic woman. She was overweight, and she needed to have her foot amputated because of ulcers. Attia reassured himself she was responsible for her situation; she was to blame.

    Then, a few years later, Attia himself was diagnosed with metabolic disease, a pre-cursor for type 2 diabetes. This diagnosis and his journey since that time have led him to rethink his views about diabetes, obesity, and their relationship. “Maybe we’re wrong,” he says. Find out what he plans to do about it.

  • Obesity Three Times More Deadly than Previously Thought

    Obesity Three Times More Deadly than Previously Thought

    We’ve known for decades that obese individuals usually have more health problems. Many of them are diagnosed with health conditions that shorten their lives, too. But the real toll is mind-blowing, says NBC’s Nancy Snyderman: Obesity is responsible for as many as one in five American deaths.

    In this video, Snyderman also introduces you to Marshall Reid, a young man who started a campaign to lose weight, eat better, and get healthier because he knows what that statistic means in his own life. If he, and people like him, don’t lose weight, they will die at a younger age than their parents.

  • 1 in 5 Americans Dies from Obesity, New Study Finds

    1 in 5 Americans Dies from Obesity, New Study Finds

    One in five Americans dies from obesity. The groups most at risk: black women and white women.

    In this video, NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman walks you through the study that discovered these facts. She also points out a startling statistic: more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, and the number of individuals with a BMI of 40 or higher has grown 350 percent. It’s a big problem, one Dr. Snyderman hopes we can reverse before it’s too late.

  • Too Fat For 15: 500 Pounds and Counting

    Too Fat For 15: 500 Pounds and Counting

    Style Network’s reality series, Too Fat for 15, shares the stories of overweight and obese teens struggling to shed pounds, stigmas, and fears. In this clip, you see the stories of Tanisha, Scotty, and Emily.

    When Tanisha arrived at Wellspring Academies, a boarding school for overweight and obese young people, she weighed 510 pounds. A 70-inch measuring tape didn’t fit around her. Scott, who was on depression medication when he arrived, weighed 366 pounds, more than both of his parents combined. Emily was addicted to food and couldn’t stop wanting it, thinking about it, and sneaking it.

    This video shares their stories, their struggles, and their triumphs. It’s a heart-wrenching look at what it’s like to be obese and young.

  • Never, Ever Give Up. Arthur's Inspirational Transformation!

    Never, Ever Give Up. Arthur's Inspirational Transformation!

    Meet Arthur. Arthur is a 47-year-old disabled paratrooper veteran from the Gulf War. Years of jumps and landings took a toll on Arthur’s legs, back, and body. He was disabled, and he had given up.

    One day, Arthur was introduced to professional wrestler turned yoga instructor Diamond Dallas Page. Hoping yoga could help him with his weight and strength issues, Arthur began practicing, braces and all. This video details Arthur’s journey to lose weight and walk on his own again. “Just because I can’t do it today doesn’t mean I won’t be able to do it someday,” says Arthur in the video.

  • Battle Back Against Obesity

    Battle Back Against Obesity

    People who are overweight or obese are often ashamed to seek help. As a doctor admitted in one of these videos, even some healthcare professionals are prejudiced against overweight and obese individuals.

    Learn about the latest in obesity research and view inspiring stories of people who’ve battled back against their own weight. If you’re ready to make a change and become a success story yourself, maybe these videos can help you find inspiration and encouragement.