Experts

HBO Documentary Films and the Institute of Medicine in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente present “The Weight of the Nation”.

David Altshuler, MD, PhD

Geneticist and Endocrinologist, Massachusetts General Hospital

Appearances:

Consequences, Challenges, Is Weight Something We Inherit?

Gerald Berenson, MD

Founder, Bogalusa Heart Study, Tulane University School of Medicine

Appearances:

Consequences

Kelly Brownell, PhD

Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University

Appearances:

Choices, Children in Crisis, Challenges

Stephanie Broyles, PhD

Epidemiologist, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Appearances:

Consequences

Deborah Clegg, PhD, RD

Metabolism Investigator, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Appearances:

Consequences, Choices, Challenges

Deborah Cohen

Senior Natural Scientist, RAND Corporation

Appearances:

Challenges

William Dietz, MD, PhD

Director, Div. of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Appearances:

Consequences, Choices, Children in Crisis, Challenges, Nashville Takes Action: A City Battles Obesity

Christina Economos, PhD

Director, ChildObesity180, New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Appearances:

Children in Crisis, Challenges

Emma Eggleston, MD, MPH

Endocrinologist, Program for Diabetes in Pregnancy, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Appearances:

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: The Risks of Excess Weight

Elissa Epel, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept of Psychiatry; Director, Center for Obesity Assessment, Study & Treatment, University of California, San Francisco

Appearances:

Choices, Challenges

Thomas Farley, MD, MPH

Health Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Appearances:

Consequences, Challenges

Eric Finkelstein, PhD

Economist, Duke University

Appearances:

Consequences, Challenges

David Flum, MD, MPH

Bariatric Surgeon, University of Washington Medical Center

Appearances:

Consequences, Choices, Challenges

Matthew Gillman, MD, SM

Pediatric Preventive Cardiologist, Harvard Medical School

Appearances:

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: The Risks of Excess Weight

Dan Glickman

Former US Secretary of Agriculture; Chair, Committee in on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention

Appearances:

Challenges

Peter Gluckman, DSc

Director, Center for Human Evolution, Adaptation and Disease, University of Auckland

Appearances:

Consequences, Challenges

John Ikerd, PhD

Agricultural Historian and Economist, University of Missouri-Columbia

Appearances:

Challenges

Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH

Senior Vice President, Healthy Communities, The California Endowment

Appearances:

Consequences, Children in Crisis, Challenges, Poverty and Obesity: When Healthy Food Isn’t an Option

Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD

Chair, Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Appearances:

Consequences, Can a Lifetime of Excess Weight Lead to Heart Disease?

Peter Katzmarzyk, PhD

Epidemiologist, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Appearances:

Consequences

Samuel Klein, MD

Gastroenterologist; Director, Center for Human Nutrition, Washington University School of Medicine

Appearances:

Consequences, Choices

Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH

Professor of Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Appearances:

Consequences, Challenges

Rudolph Leibel, MD

Co-Director, New York Obesity Research Center, Columbia University Medical Center

Appearances:

Consequences, Choices, Children in Crisis, Challenges, The Quest to Understand the Biology of Weight Loss

Robert Lustig, MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, San Francisco

Appearances:

Challenges

David Nathan, MD

Director, Diabetes Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

Appearances:

Consequences, Choices, Challenges, Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

Michael Nutter

Mayor of Philadelphia

Appearances:

Consequences, Challenges

Barry Popkin, PhD

Economist and Professor of Nutrition, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Appearances:

Children in Crisis, Challenges

Janet Poppendieck, PhD

Sociologist, Hunter College, City University of New York

Appearances:

Challenges

Rebecca Puhl, PhD

Director of Research and Weight Stigma Initiatives, Rudd Center for Food Policy & and Obesity, Yale University

Appearances:

Stigma: The Human Cost of Obesity

Paul Roberts

Author, The End of Food

Appearances:

Challenges

Michael Rosenbaum, MD

Professor, Clinical Pediatrics and Clinical Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center

Appearances:

Choices, The Quest to Understand the Biology of Weight Loss

Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Appearances:

Consequences, Challenges

Marlene Schwartz, PhD

Deputy Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University

Appearances:

Consequences, Children in Crisis, Challenges

Jack Shonkoff, MD

Director, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

Appearances:

Consequences, Children in Crisis, Challenges, Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: The Risks of Excess Weight

Kyle Simmons, PhD

Neuroscientist, NIH and Laureate Institute for Brain Research

Appearances:

Choices, Challenges, Obesity Research and the National Institutes of Health

Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH

Pediatrician; Co-Director, Obesity Prevention Program Harvard Medical School

Appearances:

Children in Crisis, Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: The Risks of Excess Weight

Nora Volkow, MD

Neuroscientist, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Appearances:

Consequences, Challenges

David Wallinga, MD, MPA

Senior Advisor in Science, Food and Health, Institute for Agricultural and Trade Policy

Appearances:

Challenges, Healthy Foods and Obesity Prevention: Increasing Markets for Fruits and Vegetables

Brian Wansink, PhD

Behavioral Economist Director, Cornell Food and Brand Lab, Cornell University

Appearances:

Choices

Margo Wootan, DSc

Director, Nutrition Policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Appearances:

Choices, Children in Crisis, Challenges

Susan Yager

Author, The Hundred Year Diet

Appearances:

Choices

The development of the “take action” and “learn more” sections were led by Christina Economos, Ph.D., Jeanne Goldberg, Ph.D., R.D., and Jennifer Sacheck, Ph.D. with a research team from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

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