October 6, 2011
RSU Fine Arts Film Series Presents "Forks Over Knives"
In continuance of the RSU Fine Arts Film Series, "Forks Over Knives" will be shown on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Will Rogers Auditorium. Guest lecturer William Hart, associate professor of health sciences, will give a brief introduction and then respond to questions after the film. The film is free and open to the public.
One of the goals of this series is to show films that are timely and relevant to the Claremore and broader Oklahoma community. "Forks Over Knives" is one such film. It explores the deplorable state of the American diet, which is best illustrated in Oklahoma where nearly 67 percent of adult residents and 34 percent of youth residents are either overweight or obese.
"This provocative movie examines the relationship between chronic diseases and diet, especially as this relates to what is commonly called the Western Diet," Hart said. "While some of the people quoted in the movie may hold extreme positions on diet and health, it should challenge everyone to look at their own behaviors as it relates to health and consider if there are better ways to eat."
According to the official website of the state of Oklahoma, an estimated $854 million is spent on medical treatments related to obesity each year. Being overweight or obese can cause various health risks including heart problems, depression, and type 2 diabetes.
"The film ‘Forks Over Knives' is a brilliant exposé of the decline in American health and the skyrocketing health risks related to diet," explained Mike McKeon, director of the RSU Fine Arts Film Series. "Every Oklahoman should see this film."