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EIU Professor's Documentary to be Featured on CBS Evening News


An Eastern Illinois University professor’s documentary about the importance of consuming proper portion sizes is to get national exposure in a CBS Evening News series on Americans’ eating habits.

The report, part of CBS’s ongoing special series “Road to Ruin: Fighting Obesity,” is scheduled to air during the CBS Evening News broadcast at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22.

The CBS news crew traveled to Charleston earlier this month to talk to EIU Professor James Painter about “Portion Size Me,” a documentary that followed two students as they ate only fast food for a month – and lost weight and improved their health in the process.

The documentary was created to dispute the message in the Oscar-winning documentary “Super Size Me,” which pinned the blame for obesity on fast-food restaurants. Painter’s film maintains that portion size is key, and that even fast food – eaten in moderation – can be part of a healthy diet.

A CBS correspondent interviewed Painter and the two students from the film – Aaron Grobengieser and Ellen Shike – on camera in the EIU food court.

The CBS Evening News Web site,, also has coverage of the series, including a photo essay and video archive.

For more information on “Portion Size Me,” please click here.



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