Katie Couric’s Documentary Debut

Yahoo’s Global Anchor, Katie Couric makes her documentary debut at Sundance Film Festival exploring the issue of childhood obesity. Couric produced and narrates the film “Fed Up” that premiered earlier this week.

Couric teamed up with “An Inconvenient Truth” producer Laurie David to make the film. Directed by Stephanie Soechtig, “Fed Up” uses historical footage and news events to show the causes and costs of obesity in the United States.

“This generation of children is the first to live a shorter life span than their parents, and it has ramifications in every aspect of our lives,” Couric said. “Talk about skyrocketing health care costs: the obesity epidemic is behind these health care costs. And national security: these people are too heavy to join the military … It affects so many aspects of our country’s health that we really need to start paying attention.”

Couric hopes the film will encourage others to take action, so the food industry will become accountable for its harmful products.

Social issues is a topic she says she’ll continue to report on at Yahoo.

“I wanted to be part of the transition that we see happening all around us in media,” she said. “People … may want the immediacy of having things on their mobile phone or on their computers. But I also think they want quality content as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to provide some of that.”


U.S. Survey: Most Have Difficulty Sleeping on Sunday Nights

Nine p.m. rolls around and then before you know it, midnight has come. You’re not ready to start the working week just yet. Did the weekend go too fast? Or is it simply the Sunday blues? It’s a common occurrence in most U.S. households as a new study reveals that Sunday night is the most difficult night to fall asleep. According to online panel provider Toluna Omnibus, up to 39 percent of more than 3,000 respondents say they have trouble catching “Z’s” on Sundays.

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Why is Sunday so special? Sleep specialist “Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., tells The Huffington post that “social jet leg” creeps in after staying up later on most Friday and Saturday nights. Sleeping in on Saturday and Sunday mornings also shifts the entire biological clock. “When Sunday night comes around, your body is used to staying up later and sleeping later,” he tells the Huffington Post.

Another major factor is stress, says Breus. People who are employed full-time and homemakers felt the effects of stress about the week ahead. Tuesdays and Thursdays were identified as some of the easier nights to fall asleep. As tempting as it is to sleep in on the weekends, Breus says to stick to your regular sleeping schedule. He also recommends writing in a worry journal and creating to-do lists to combat stress.