Why We Get Fat: Diet Trends and Food Policy - Stanford Health Policy Forum

Nov 27, 2012 (Tue) | 11:30 AM -1:00 PM
Li Ka Shing Center, Berg Hall, 291 Campus Drive : Stanford, CA

This Stanford Health Policy Forum will focus on the reasons why we get fat and how different diet trends and policies are affecting our nation's obesity rates. Acclaimed science writer Gary Taubes will join in conversation with Dr. Christopher Gardner, Director of Nutrition Studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. Gardner is actively involved in research focused on dietary intervention trials designed to test the effects of food components or food patterns on chronic disease risk factors, including body weight, blood lipids, and inflammatory markers.Taubes has argued that our diet's overemphasis on certain kinds of carbohydrates, has led directly to the obesity epidemic we face today - which immediately stirred controversy and acclaim among academics, journalists, and writers alike. This moderated discussion will end with audience questions for the speakers. This forum is free and open to the public. RSVP is not required, but space is limited. Doors close at 11:40 A.M.

Department:  Deans Office

Contact: Lucy Wicks | 650-725-3339 |


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