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Peter Jennings Reporting: How to Get Fat Without Really Trying

Peter Jennings Reporting: How to Get Fat Without Really Trying
43:32 | 2003

Categories: Documentary, Science and Environment, Health and Food

Obesity is fast on its way to becoming the nation's largest and most costly public health problem. While much of the public debate about obesity has focused on personal responsibility, PETER JENNINGS REPORTING: HOW TO GET FAT WITHOUT EVEN TRYING reveals how federal government agricultural policies and food industry practices are contributing to America's growing obesity epidemic.

In this program, Jennings demonstrates for the first time how more federal agricultural subsidies are going to foods Americans should be eating less, while few subsidies go to foods we should be eating more. Jennings investigates the type of food products the packaged food industry introduces each year and finds that the vast majority of new food products are those that dietary guidelines say Americans should be eating least.

Jennings also takes a bold look at the marketing of unhealthy food to children. Studies reveal that young children are not capable of understanding the intent of advertising and Jennings questions the ethics of such marketing, raising the question: should children be protected from junk food marketing -- despite the economic impact that might have on food companies and broadcast networks?

Within days of this documentary airing, schools across the country requested copies for use in their classrooms. Nutrition scholars are re-directing their research to examine the relationship of agricultural subsidies to the obesity epidemic. The Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission has indicated that food marketing is an area in which the agency will become more involved. And California legislators scheduled a screening of the program as they were considering restrictions on marketing of junk food to children.

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Vince Vilan
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September 28, 2014
C+
Kevine Jacques
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September 27, 2014
A
Jeffrey Spitz
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February 16, 2014
B
the standard bearer for ABC News Jennings is spot on here and ahead of the both Food Inc and Supersize Me in terms of research and conclusions, but his delivery is dry and oh so news man like. An extended news report the delivery is dry, dispassionate and so routine for Jennings that it feels like it was phoned in. While I do like this report because of its organization and clarity, i find the approach stale.
Bobby
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September 7, 2013
B-
Heather Lee
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June 27, 2013
A
A little dated but still very relevant.
Joshua Byron
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June 12, 2013
A
Marisa Cherry
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September 8, 2012
No TV in our house = no commercials for disgusting garbage. My kid will never see McDonalds or anything else in our house, so there's no begging for it or anything else for the most part. yes they want some things they shouldn't have but it isn't this unwinnable war people make it out to be. when your kid isn't in school (don't get me started on the slop they serve there) you have control over their entire day, all their meals, and everything they see and come into contact with on TV. parents have too little self control and they pass down to their kids.
Sunny Outdoors
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July 17, 2012
this film was created 2003, and the government hasn't change much. I like Trader Joes and Whole foods..they stay away from HFCS, high fructose corn syrup.
Sunny Outdoors
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July 17, 2012
very great , you got to the point... no more subsidez especially to meat, corn, etc..
Michael Warner
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July 17, 2012
Info from the video...20 Billion dollars in Subsidez. And there's NO link to health and nutrition to the American people. They (Congress) give subsidies without understanding the impact. How much of the subsidies go to fruits and veggies? =1%. The Meat and Dairy , Fats and Oils industries get most of the subsidies. Most heavily subsidized crop is corn. 5.5 Billion in subsidies to Corn. Not the sweet corn on the cob, but corn that is processed and is an industrial food ingredient -cheep raw materials to fed to chickens pigs and cattle. That encourages the public to purchase cheep meat. Cows don't normally eat corn so they are given drugs so they can survive this weird diet.
Michael Warner
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July 17, 2012
Corn, as a sweetener, is in soda, candy, hotdogs.
Dorothy Kotscha
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June 7, 2012
Eat simply. If you want to be less fat, eat less processed stuff and move around more. I know it's easier said than done, but it's totally doable in baby steps. We actually went cold turkey and have never looked back. It's hard to turn a blind eye to the food industry when you start seeing what's really going on in the food industry.
Amy Jackson
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April 11, 2012
Need to do a story if haven't already about the food they serve in the school! Why if they want us to eat healthy why do they charge so much for organic?
Rick Treat
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April 8, 2012
How on earth can we have so little self control?
Derek Costarella
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January 14, 2012
Your body actually spends energy and nutrients to bind to the processed foods and refined sugars found in most products(i.e. "the crash"). Pretty simple folks, stick to that which grows from the ground or eats from the ground/sea, its not rocket science! Corn syrup and the "coses" are just not right. The food industry has made a science out of that which addicts us and makes us want more (OF BAD SHIT!).
Felicity Lazo
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November 4, 2011
Kraft is the worst.They need to take the word "food" out of their name. Read the labels there is no food there. Lots of chemicals.
Felicity Lazo
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November 4, 2011
Corn is genetically modified and does weird things to cows stomachs. Cows are natural grass eaters not grain eaters. Genetically modified grain is designed to kill insects that eat the grain. Cows get leaky guts and need more antibiotics.
Janine Grako
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January 4, 2012
Yeah, a lot of people go to nutritionists and are diagnosed with "leaky gut" - it's probably related.
Sunny Outdoors
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July 17, 2012
CA is trying to pass YES on prop 36, label GMOS
Felicity Lazo
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November 4, 2011
Subsidized corn is sold to Mexico so that the Mexicans corn farmers cant compete with US gov subsidized corn so they come here to make a living. This is so important to understand gov sudsidized ag.
David Odria
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October 23, 2011
Watching this documentary until I fall sleep..
Kennen Haas
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October 18, 2011
A number of factual problems. Popcorn is not subsidized. Fruit and vegetable manufacture is highly profitable already and needs no subsidy, if people wanted more farmers would be happy to grow more. The main problem is that the subsidy accounts for a fraction of a percent (.7%) of what we spend on food, which I demonstrate below. Of the USDA budget only about $10b is spent on farmers. The vast majority of the USDA budget is for "Nutrition Assistance", essentially food stamps. Even at that the spending is not designed to increase production, but as a form of risk management. It is protection from acts of God and irregularly low prices (Federal Crop Insurance, Commodity Credit Cooperation). For our purposes let us assume it acts as a direct subsidy. Pages 2, 5, and 34. http://www.obpa.usda.gov/budsum/FY12budsum.pdf Americans spend $741b on food each year. ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/special.requests/ce/aggregate/2010/cucomp.txt Considering the fact that we export $109b of agricultural products each year, which is about half of the total agricultural production ($213b). Meaning only about half (109/213) of said subsidy would redound to American consumers. This means that agriculture subsidy accounts for just a.7% discount in American food spending. Cell B25 http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/FATUS/DATA/FYNONAG.XLS. http://quickstats.nass.usda.gov/results/5E474555-C5A0-391C-9EFA-0DF0C17682BA http://quickstats.nass.usda.gov/results/1B142837-9738-3C57-942C-5A57D9FC110C Call me silly, but I don't think a subsidy that accounts for a fraction of a percent of our food cost is influencing our decision making that much.
Layla SpecialRate
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October 15, 2011
government. naw.
Damon Moore
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October 15, 2011
if they leave out leveling your pally in WOW they are off by a chapter
Taylor Holland
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October 13, 2011
I could have told people that government subsidies are causing a rise in unhealthy food products. Cheetos, Pepsi, and many other packaged foods are made up of primarily corn and soybean byproducts which are cheap to use and buy thanks to the government paying farmers by the bushel to grow these and not other produce.
Philip Walker
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October 9, 2011
PETER JENNINGS CONTINUES TO AMAZE ME. hE WAS A GENIUS.
Rachel Joiner
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October 10, 2011
Thanks for sharing. I'll have to check that out.
Philip Walker
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October 13, 2011
Are you old enough to remember PeterJennings? He did some good reporting on the Bosnia conflict.