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Diet: A Look at Processed Food, Nutrition, and Obesity in the 20th Century

Attitudes about the industrialization of food have changed greatly over the past several decades. What used to be considered a scientific miracle now seems like a horrific joke: piglets being reared in incubators that look like tiny iron lungs; fish raised in tanks of runoff water—and growing at a remarkable rate!—from a nuclear power plant. These scenarios and more are presented in Diet as it traces the rise and fall of processed food, from promising cure for malnourishment to eventually being linked to obesity, heart disease, and cancer. Using archival footage from BBC’s Horizon television series, the program also reviews 20th-century theories about the cause of obesity, and the diets and “miracle cures” designed to combat weight gain. Original BBC title: Diet: A Horizon Guide. (52 minutes)

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Food, Nutrition and Obesity in the 20th Century
The relationship between food and health receives continuous media coverage. Eating the right kinds of food is crucial for good health. Today there is an obesity epidemic in wealthy countries.