Interview Series: obesity

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The expanding obesity crisis in emerging nations

The expanding obesity crisis in emerging nations

World Obesity Federation president Dr. Walmir Coutinho sees his native Brazil as an example of the dietary challenges that come with increasing prosperity. Endocrinologist Walmir Coutinho is a lifelong champion in the fight against obesity. The 55-year-old Brazilian physician and current president of the World Obesity Federation has dedicated his entire career to educating people

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Healthy junk food?

Yes, says food industry veteran Hank Cardello, who wants companies to step up their game when it comes to better-for-you products. Hank Cardello Future consumers should be able to have their cake and eat it too—without getting fat. So says Hank Cardello, who directs the Obesity Solutions Initiative at the Hudson Institute and wrote the

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Say good-bye to willpower

By fine-tuning our environments, says overeating expert Brian Wansink, we can consume less food without having to think about it. Feel like you’re constantly fighting temptations to eat too much of the wrong kinds of foods? It’s not you—it’s the environment around you, says Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab

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Fighting obesity on a grand scale

Government, food industry need to aggressively push consumers toward healthier diets, says global nutrition and obesity expert Barry Popkin. Health advocates cheered in November 2014 when Berkeley, Calif., adopted a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. It was the first soda tax enacted in the United States after more than 30 failed attempts by other states

Current Series: Trimming Global Obesity Rates

New evidence-based tactics, such as foods that make you feel full faster and targeted medications, will play an important role in global efforts to reverse the upward trajectory of obesity rates, say obesity researchers and thought leaders who shared their wide-ranging ideas in FutureFood 2050 interviews.

These visionaries predict success for a variety of solutions that could help the 2.1 billion-plus people worldwide who are now overweight or obese:

  • Dr. Louis Aronne: Director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Center at Weill Cornell Medical College, who contends that obesity must be treated as a disease
  • Julian Mercer: Leading UK obesity researcher and head of the European Full4Health project exploring how to create healthy foods that are more filling
  • Hank Cardello: Head of the Obesity Solutions Initiative at the Hudson Institute and author of the best-selling book “Stuffed: An Insider’s Look at Who’s (Really) Making America Fat and How the Food Industry Can Fix It”
  • Dr. Walmir Coutinho: Brazilian endocrinologist and current president of the World Obesity Federation, who works to help emerging nations combat rising obesity rates
  • Barry Popkin: Global obesity expert and nutrition professor at the University of North Carolina, who believes both government and the food industry need to aggressively push consumers toward healthier diets
  • Brian Wansink: Director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, which researches eating behavior, food psychology and food marketing
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