Scientific American Frontiers

  • 1990
  • TV Show
  • TV-G

Science, technology and nature are examined with insight, humor and an eye on the practical, with smartly paced reports on such subjects as the big-bang theory, robots, the relationship between stress and illness, and whether we are alone in the universe. There's a good deal of fascinating information, but as long-time host Alan Alda notes in one episod (more…)

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Season 11, Episode 10 Fat and Happy?

First Aired: May 1, 2001

Host Alan Alda gets the skinny on obesity in this episode. Included: a visit to the New England Deaconess Beth Israel Hospital's Nutrition Center, where staffers are prescribing moderation (500 fewer calories a day) and common-sense eating. At Penn State, nutritionists are studying why young children eat the way they do. And in Buffalo, a 9-year-old's eating and activity habits are closely monitored. One finding: as activity decreases (and TV-watching increases) food intake goes up. “It's a trap,” says Alda, “that will last for life.”

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  • Premise: Science, technology and nature are examined with insight, humor and an eye on the practical, with smartly paced reports on such subjects as the big-bang theory, robots, the relationship between stress and illness, and whether we are alone in the universe.… (more)

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