Demystifying Medicine Video

This video addresses sugar addiction. We want to address a relatively overlooked kind of addiction that is predominant in today's society, and people may be completely unaware of it. Thus, we take you through on an educational journey through Julia. Julia is someone we all can relate to as she consumes items much like us daily. Unfortunately, she remains unaware of the fact that these foods contain large amounts of sugar, which aggravates her addiction. The video highlights the key facets of addiction, the effect it has on our brain, and its relation to the obesity epidemic. We also present methods that can be used to combat this disease. We want you to look at your diet and determine, is it just too sweet?

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