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The Obesity Myth   

Information
Series 1: 3x60 | HD | 2017
Production Company
CJZ
Primary Broadcaster
SBS

Obesity is a major problem in Australia. How major? An estimated 25 percent of Australian adults are obese, while two-thirds of the population are overweight. Besides the risk to their own health – the increased chance of diabetes, heart disease and cancer – there’s the cost to society of obesity, which is put at $9 billion dollars.

So what’s the reason for the obesity epidemic? Ask most people and they’d probably respond with some variation of: “Well, obese people eat too much.” And while food intake is of course part of the problem, the actual cause is more complicated than that. New SBS documentary series The Obesity Myth follows the work at Melbourne hospital Austin Health, where obesity is treated as the genetically derived disease the evidence suggests it is.
 

Episode 3

The Obesity Myth challenges our misconceptions about obesity as a lifestyle choice through the personal stories of 26-year-old Felicity, former gridiron player Robert and Wayne, whose diabetes means he mat loose his foot.

Episode 2

The Obesity Myth challenges our misconceptions about obesity as a lifestyle choice through the personal stories of stroke victim Cara, former gridiron player Robert, taxi driver Leanne and boxer Huss.

Episode 1

The Obesity Myth follows the lives of morbidly obese patients at Austin Health - a public hospital which, backed by new research, treats obesity as a chronic disease caused by genetics. Challenging our misconceptions about obesity as a lifestyle choice, the episode features patients such as former taxi driver Leanne, boxer Huss and the clinic's heaviest patient, 248kg Karen as they battle their biology to reclaim their lives.