Episode Info

The battle of the bulge is being fought all over the country as more and more Americans are weighing in as obese at their doctors' offices. This program reviews the many media images of extremely thin models and others who are revered as having acquired a state of physical perfection. Questions are addressed about how much people can really weigh and still be in good health. An in-depth look is also taken at the diet product industry. The difficulty of ending the addiction to fatty foods is also discussed. The role of exercise, eating the right foods, and other topics are studied closely in this PBS review of the health care and quality-of-life issues that are involved with maintaining one's healthiest weight. Obesity specialists and other experts share their views.