Segments in this Video

Biggest Gamblers in the World (07:07)


Dr. Sanjay Gupta describes physiological changes that fuel behavioral addictions. Australian mom Kate Seselja estimates that gambling addiction has cost her more than $12 million. Electronic gaming machines, or “pokies,” are everywhere in Australia.

Addicted to Video Games (07:04)

Iowa State University Professor Douglas Gentile’s research indicates that 8.5 % of kids gaming in the United States show signs of addiction. Noelle Mathieu discusses her son’s treatment for Internet gaming disorder. Psychologist Richard Graham started England’s first rehab program for tech addicts.

Hooked on Sugar (08:32)

Sugar fires off the same reward centers in the brain as cocaine. The average American adult consumes 22 teaspoons of a sugar a day. Nutritionist Lisa Drayer highlights sugar that is hiding in products that consumers consider to be healthy.

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Age of Addiction

Part of the Series : Vital Signs
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Whether it is from a substance or a behavior, addiction is a disease that threatens relationships, school, work, and lives. Vital Signs explores the world of behavioral addiction, from gambling in Australia to technology addiction in the United Kingdom. As technology permeates even more of our daily lives, what can we do to limit tech exposure? Addiction to the virtual world is a reality for millions of people around the world. Like technology, food addicts struggle with overwhelming access. Sugar has been shown in studies to be as addictive as cocaine. 

Length: 24 minutes

Item#: FPT187411

ISBN: 978-1-64623-306-9

Copyright date: ©2015

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