David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM, is the Founding Director (1998) of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, and former President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He has published roughly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters, and 15 books to date, including multiple editions of leading textbooks in both preventive medicine, and nutrition. He has made important contributions in the areas of lifestyle interventions for health promotion; nutrient profiling; behavior modification; holistic care; and evidence-based medicine. David earned his BA degree from Dartmouth College (1984); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). He completed sequential residency training in Internal Medicine, and Preventive Medicine/Public Health. He is a two-time diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a board-certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health. He has received two Honorary Doctorates.
A recent compilation of papers in Nature Medicine from investigators affiliated with the venerable Global Burden of Disease Study purports to tell us what we know about salient health matters - tobacco use, dietary patterns, and various outcomes from minor back pain to myocardial infarction - and how reliably we know it.
As I put my fingers to the keyboard today, we are 12 days from the upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health- the first dedicated attention from White House to Nutrition in 50 years. Amidst the burgeoning expectation wells the question: can the White House fix food in America?
By the time I was done last week with my (oh-so-restrained) rant on the shameful reasons for relentlessly rising rates of childhood obesity, I had burned through 1400 words, give or take, and that’s more than enough for a single column.
A new paper in JAMA Pediatrics tells us that childhood obesity in America has risen to unprecedented levels.