Distributor:  The Fanlight Collection
Length:  19 minutes
Date:  2005
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Family Meal

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The relationship of obesity and the decline of the family meal.

The Family Meal

Obesity is second only to smoking as the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. Ironically, in the midst of this epidemic, American families are chronically under-nourished. It has been suggested that one cause of today's obesity crisis is the decline of the family meal. Under ever-increasing time and financial pressures, parents may be spending less time with their children, who may in turn feel isolated and depressed, and use food to make up for the vital nurturing connection that occurs when families eat together. This short documentary is a companion film to The Weight of Obesity

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** Hearts and Minds Film Festival


Main credits

Freeman, Mickey (film director)
Freeman, Mickey (film producer)
Freeman, Mickey (photographer)
Freeman, Mickey (editor of moving image work)
Ryan, Joan (screenwriter)
Berman, Lee (screenwriter)
Zaretsky, Warren (screenwriter)

Other credits

Photographed & edited by Mickey Freeman; original music, Tom Disher.

Distributor credits

Mickey Freeman

Mickey Freeman

Docuseek2 subjects

Family Issues
Public Health
Other Chronic Illness
Public Health

Distributor subjects

Closed Captioned
Community and Public Health
Family Relations
Fanlight Collection
Parenting and Childbirth


film; video; closed-captioned; captioned; documentary; self-esteem; self esteem; weight; overweight; obese; obesity; fat; fast food; snacks; type II diabetes; adult onset diabetes; high blood pressure; elevated cholesterol; sleep apnea; malnutrition; malnourished; nutrition; nutritional; dietician; exercise ; public health; judith levine; joanne ikeda; esther cook; margaret mckenzie; william potts datema; william doherty; catherine egli; michael Jacobson; martha marino; frank vespe; alice waters; david satcher; wendy kallins; velma lapoint; gary ruskin; "The Family Meal"; The Fanlight Collection

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