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NICHQ CEO Dr. Charles Homer and Project Executive Rachelle Mirkin Discuss Childhood Obesity in IHI Podcast

February 2010

Tipping the Scales: Fresh Ideas to Combat Obesity
Date: February 18, 2010
Featuring: David Kessler, MD, FDA Commissioner (1990-1997), Professor, UCSF School of Medicine; Charles J. Homer, MD, MPH, President and CEO, National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality; Rachelle Mirkin, Executive Program Director, National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality
 
Hardly a day goes by anymore, it seems, that doesn’t include new research findings about obesity and its health consequences. At the same time, headlines heralding the latest tactics to help Americans, especially, shed the excess pounds often compete for space with some of the most sophisticated advertising ever to lead us to precisely the foods wreaking havoc with our bodies and brains. The former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, David Kessler, identifies with those of us gaining and losing weight, like the seasons, and our seemingly insatiable desires for foods high in sugar, salt, and fat. That’s why he wrote the book, The End of Overeating, and he’s hoping his investigation adds to the understanding of the levers needed to turn the obesity epidemic around.

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