Free film viewing to share stories of malnutrition

October 2, 2010 —

(Des Moines, IA) – Locally parents worry about childhood obesity. In other countries parents worry about getting enough food to feed their families. The film “Starved for Attention,” exposes the neglected atrocities of childhood malnutrition around the world.

The public is invited to see this rare showing of “Starved For Attention” October 8, 5:30 p.m., at Des Moines University in the Student Education Center auditorium. The showing is free and all are welcome.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this film to students and the public. It’s such a tragic topic but hard to comprehend without actually seeing these situations,” said Janessa Sickler, second-year D.O. student and event organizer. “It is sure to be an eye-opening evening.”

The film is produced by Doctors Without Borders and VII Photo and was created by photojournalists traveling the world through war zones and emerging countries. It focuses on the underlying causes of malnutrition and how to fight the problem by sharing stories from Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, India, Mexico and the United States.

Some refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by DMU’s International Medicine Club and Global Health Student Group.

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Des Moines University (DMU) is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, biomedical sciences, anatomy, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students' pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions.