The documentary, which will be broadcast across the country on public television in the coming months, was created expressly for parents and includes information for dealing with childhood obesity in our country, says Ms. Pencavel.
By combining interviews with experts and profiles of families, the film helps parents understand the causes of obesity, and offers practical strategies for prevention and intervention, she says.
"My heart goes out to parents who are struggling, day in and day out, with the enormous odds that are stacked against them in our culture," Ms. Pencavel says. "I want to share what I have learned in researching the subject in hopes of making it just a little bit easier for those parents and for their children."
A Menlo Park resident for 30 years, Ms. Pencavel has a bachelor's degree from Vassar College and a master's in communication from Stanford University. She is production services manager for the Midpeninsula Community Media Center, located at 900 San Antonio Road in Palo Alto.