Too Much Junk Food
Too Much Junk Food

Episode #



January 7, 2003

Written by

Ben Joseph


The Birthday Boy


Trouble with Pets

Too Much Junk Food is the fifth episode of season 1 in The Berenstain Bears, which first aired on January 7, 2003. In this episode, the Bear family trains for the annual Bear Country Run, and they also learn the importance of taking care of their bodies.


Papa and the cubs decide to train together for the annual Bear Country Run, but find their performance level isn’t increasing the way that it should. Dr. Grizzly informs them that exercise is important, but so is a healthy diet. When Papa and the cubs put away the junk food and eat more nutritious foods, their energy level is given the boost it needs to run the big race.

Differences From the Book

  • In the book, the Bear family watched a slideshow at Dr. Grizzly's office. However in the cartoon, Mama didn't come to the doctor's office with the family. Papa and the cubs were wearing regular clothes in the book while watching the slideshow. But in the cartoon, they were wearing workout clothes and having popcorn.
  • In the cartoon, Mama wasn't in the race. However the book shows all family members, including Mama, competing.
  • The race was only a minor part of the book. The main plot was that Mama was concerned that Brother and Sister were getting chubby from too much junk food, as was Papa, and took action by confiscating all junk food and shopping for healthy food. At the supermarket, Dr. Grizzly is also shopping and commends Mama for buying healthy food. When she sees Papa and the cubs looking longingly at the junk food aisle, she tells Mama to bring them to her office, where she shows the slideshow about anatomy and how different foods, such as vegetables, affect the body. Near the end of the book, the family decides to enter the race to test themselves, and it shows that due to their training regimen and eating habits, they are in shape.
  • In the book, they do not win, but do not come in last place either. They do win a prize: for being the only family to have all its members finish the race.


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Berenstain Bears Too Much Junk Food

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