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The causes of obesity.

James, W. P. T. 1938-


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Dr WPT James talks about the causes of obesity. He states from the outset that he is not going to look at unusual medical abnormalities associated with obesity, but at the simple, familiar types of obesity that affect ordinary people very day. He defines how obesity should be measured using weight for height criteria. As statistics show that obesity frequently starts in childhood, James looks at social factors affecting its onset as well as demographic features and studies into metabolism.


London : University of London Audio-Visual Centre, 1977.

Physical description

1 videocassette (Umatic) (36.40 min.) : 1 videocassette (1-inch) (36.40 min.) : 1 videocassette (VHS) (36.40 min.) : 1 videocassette (Digibeta) (36.40 min.) : 1 DVD (36.40 min.) : sound, black and white, PAL. sound, black and white, PAL. sound, black and white, PAL. sound, black and white, PAL. sound, black and white.

Copyright note

University of London


This video is one of around 310 titles, originally broadcast on Channel 7 of the ILEA closed-circuit television network, given to Wellcome Trust from the University of London Audio-Visual Centre shortly after it closed in the late 1980s. Although some of these programmes might now seem rather out-dated, they probably represent the largest and most diversified body of medical video produced in any British university at this time, and give a comprehensive and fascinating view of the state of medical and surgical research and practice in the 1970s and 1980s, thus constituting a contemporary medical-historical archive of great interest. The lectures mostly take place in a small and intimate studio setting and are often face-to-face. The lecturers use a wide variety of resources to illustrate their points, including film clips, slides, graphs, animated diagrams, charts and tables as well as 3-dimensional models and display boards with movable pieces. Some of the lecturers are telegenic while some are clearly less comfortable about being recorded; all are experts in their field and show great enthusiasm to share both the latest research and the historical context of their specialist area.

Creator/production credits

Presented by Dr WPT James, MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit, University of Cambridge. Produced by Trevor A Scott. Made by University of London Audio-Visual Centre.



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