University of California researchers and physicians discuss the latest in obesity research and offer guidance on prevention and treatment strategies.
Is Food Addiction Just a Willpower Issue? No.
An increasing number of scientific studies suggest that food, like drugs or alcohol, can have addictive qualities. Ashley E. Mason, PhD, explores how the reward system, located inside the human nervous system, can unduly affect people's appetite. Series: "Mini Medical School for the Public" [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 36913]
Wall Street and ... Obesity? Marion Nestle Talks about the U.S. Food Supply
Marion Nestle, Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition at New York University, discusses the U.S. food industry being in a highly competitive environment where profits are paramount and public health is not a priority. Series: "Excerpts" [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 36753]
Can Natural Foods Compete with the Modern Food Environment?
Ashley Gearhardt describes significant differences between natural food and the modern food environment and how the human brain could be affected. Gearhardt developed the Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS) to operationalize addictive-like eating behaviors, which has recently been linked with more frequent binge eating episodes in clinical populations, increased prevalence of obesity and patterns of neural activation implicated in other addictive behaviors. Series: "UCSF Consortium for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment" [Health and Medicine] [Education] [Show ID: 36381]
Sugar: The Unsweetened Truth and What We Can Do About It
Obesity is at the root of silent epidemics such as type 2 diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Laura Schmidt explores the causes and solutions, taking lessons from tobacco: reducing the availability of harmful substances reduces consumption, thereby reducing harms to health. She talks about the UCSF Healthy Beverage Initiative and the effects it has had on employee health. Series: "Mini Medical School for the Public" [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 35586]
Connecting the Dots: Linking Food Systems Locally and Globally - Hunger for Change: Food Insecurity Stress and Obesity 2017 COAST/SSEW Symposium
Four leaders in food policy and law discuss troubling trends of food insecurity, poor diet, chronic disease and obesity along with novel strategies that can be implemented locally and globally. Panelists: Kelly Brownell, Duke University; Laura Schmidt, UCSF; Allison Korn, UCLA; Breanna Hawkins, LA Food Policy Council. Moderated by Emilie Aguirre, Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA Law.
Series: "UCSF Consortium for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment" [Health and Medicine] [Education] [Professional Medical Education] [Show ID: 33241]
From Fat-Free Diet to Weight Gain
Katie Ferraro, registered dietitian at the UCSF School of Nursing, discusses the consequences of fat-free trends. Series: "Mini Medical School for the Public" [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 34446]