Louise Pencavel, Media Center Staff Producer

Our own Louise Pencavel has produced a first of its kind documentary created expressly for parents of kids struggling with obesity. The one-hour long Parents’ Survival Guide: Childhood Obesity will screen in our studios this Sunday. The documentary addresses prevention and cure of a growing pediatric health problem.Obesity rates in the U.S. have doubled since 1980.Over 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese and this is spreading to our children, affecting their growth, health, and quality of life.In the past 3 decades there has been a 300% increase in the fraction of children who are overweight or obese.

This documentary profiles three families struggling with the problem and features: Daniel Delgado, MD, FAAP East Valley Clinic, San Jose; Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital; Ellyn Satter, MS, RD, LCSW, BCD, nationally acclaimed author and educator on child feeding; Stewart Agras, MD, FRCP(C), Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford School of Medicine – all preeminent authorities on Childhood Obesity.

Sponsors and partners include: The Health Trust, Kaiser Santa Clara, El Camino Hospital, First Five Santa Clara County, Healthy Silicon Valley, Parents’ Place, Common Sense Media, The Children’s Health Council and The Midpeninsula Community Media Center.

The program will air on the Media Center’s Cable Channel 28 the following times:

Sunday, June 5: 8:30 – 9:30 pm
Monday, June 6: 10 – 11 pm
Wednesday, June 8: 9 – 10 am
Friday, June 10: 7 – 8 pm

More information, and the full program online, is at

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