Killer at Large

Killer at Large

Why Obesity Is America's Greatest Threat

DVD - 2009
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Uncover the causes of obesity and the unprecedented rates in which it is spreading in the United States, and learn ways that might reverse the trend that is projected to affect 75% of Americans within the next ten years.
Publisher: New York : Disinformation Company, 2009
ISBN: 9781934708255
Branch Call Number: DVD 616.398 KILL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col., 4 3/4 in

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Derringer
Aug 10, 2018

This alarmist "public health" documentary takes a close-up look at obesity amongst the American people where it seems that heart-disease is quickly becoming the #1 killer of all.

"Killer At Large" tells the story of how millions of lonely, bored, and equally tormented people are turning to food in order to fill the void in their lives and, as a result, they are all getting fatter and fatter by the minute.

And, of course, the fast-food industry isn't helping matters at all, as their magazine advertisements and TV commercials are encouraging people to fill their faces, big-time.

*Note* - This presentation shows graphic scenes of surgery, such as the process of lipo-suction (which is really quite gross to watch).

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ManMachine
Dec 12, 2017

When you see something really-really yummy to eat (Mmm! Mmm! Good!) - Are your eyes bigger than your stomach?

According to this 2008 documentary - America is, literally, going to fat. And, by the looks of things - It ain't a pretty picture.

"Killer At Large" tells the somewhat convoluted, the sometimes contradictory, and the often-times condescending story of the mighty shaky politics of American fast-food addiction.

One of the main concerns here has to do with the influential snack-food industry who are deliberately encouraging and manipulating the easily-seduced public (especially the kids) to fill their faces with junk-food.

IMO - This "health-concern" presentation had its good moments, as well as its not-so-good moments, too.

*Note* - It really killed me that some of the "informed" health experts who were interviewed here (and were adamantly complaining about the horrors of America's obesity epidemic) were, in fact, quite over-weight themselves.

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eiknarf
Dec 13, 2014

This is a very good film. Something not often mentioned in existing synopses is that the film spends a good deal of time examining how food is marketed to children, also providing some sobering examples of young people who are having a hard time managing their diets as well as the lengths they go to in the quest for satisfaction in both appetite and social interaction. It's difficult to sit through, but probably a good idea.

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Fionaenzo
Apr 11, 2013

Powerful. One of the most interesting things for me was how Prohibition came about. Corn overproduction pushed corporations to make whiskey with it and foist it off on the public creating horrendous social problems of alcoholism/other health problems. (I had thought it was religious interference, but Temperance was in response to this health crisis.) The modern parallel is subsidized corn corp. producing tons of excess corn which then goes into EVERYTHING - coffee, wine, meat (McDonald's burgers), etc. so we are consuming unprecedented amounts of sugar (primarily corn, but not exclusively) wreaking havoc on our bodies. The poor bearing the greatest cost of this health epidemic.

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