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ASMBS initiates film and video competition about obesity
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has announced the ‘It Starts Now’ initiative - a competition that looking for short videos and films about obesity in America. Entries are being sought that creatively inspire, motivate and/or educate the public about issues related to obesity. Submissions will be judged on originality, creativity, direction, production value, dignity, content and thoughtfulness.
A jury-awarded grand prize of $5,000 will be presented in Los Angeles, CA to the winner at ObesityWeek 2015, the largest international event focused on the basic science, clinical application and prevention and treatment of obesity. The second place winner receives $3,500 and two third place winners receive $1,500 each. Winning videos and films will premiere during ObesityWeek 2015, held 2-7 November 2015. It Starts Now judges include those from the television and film industry, obesity and public health experts, patient advocacy and journalism. The contest is sponsored by the ASMBS.
“We’re looking for submissions with compelling narratives that bring new perspective, insight and strong voice to the prevention and treatment of obesity, the biggest health threat facing America,” said Dr John M Morton, president of the ASMBS and director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Inter-Disciplinary (BMI) Clinic at Stanford Health. “We are present at the creation of a new paradigm in obesity treatment- we now have options that work. We are asking you to motivate, educate and inspire us as individuals and as a country to think differently and take action against this disease that is the source of so many other diseases and has such an impact on health, longevity and quality of life. We need everyone to help. We can’t afford to not intervene.”
Some ideas for video and filmmakers to consider include:
- Unmet society needs
- What makes obesity a disease like cancer or heart disease
- Treating Obesity as a Disease with counseling, medications, surgery
- Obesity in America
- Cost of Obesity
- Obesity as a Family Disease
- Obesity: Balancing Prevention and Treatment Strategies
- Combatting weight stigma and discrimination
- Life transformations and personal struggles and triumphs
- Solutions to the obesity epidemic
Anyone 18 and older is eligible to submit videos or films of five minutes or less that address the topic of obesity in any genre, including drama, documentary, animation, journalism, public service announcements, experimental or music videos. There is no fee for submission. Entries must be received by midnight 1 October 2015. For instructions on how to submit and terms and conditions, please visit itstartsnow.asmbs.org
The ASMBS seeks to build upon its previous motivational video, It Starts Today. This motivational video tells three stories from the perspectives of a nurse, military veteran and former NFL player. Please click here to watch the video.