Season 2004 Episode 04.08.04

Diet Wars

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 08, 2004 on PBS
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Diet Wars
In "Diet Wars," FRONTLINE examines the great diet debate. Viewers follow FRONTLINE correspondent Steve Talbot, whose discovery that those "few extra pounds" have put him perilously close to the clinical definition of obesity prompts him to evaluate the myriad diets now available to overweight Americans. How did America get so fat in recent years? "Diet Wars" explores the social, cultural, and dietary factors that have led to the fattening of America, while also examining how the medical and diet industries have responded to consumers' desire to lose weight. The documentary examines how concerns in the early 1960s that Americans were eating too much animal fat and cholesterol prompted doctors to begin recommending that patients reduce the amount of fat in their diets. The problem, some observers say, is that the low-fat recommendations failed to distinguish between the so-called "good fats" -- unsaturated vegetable and fish oils -- and the "bad fats" -- saturated animal fats -- associated with clogged arteries, heart disease, and other health problems.moreless

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