Over the last several decades, the American waistline has been expanding relentlessly. But obesity is not only a problem in our country; it has now spread around the world. We explore the causes and possible cures for global obesity.
Nutrition scientists have been debating the best diet for weight loss for decades, but there have been little data to help determine which approach is best. Researchers pitted low-fat and low-protein approaches in a well-controlled two-year study and found that the diet that works is the one you can stick with. Results were published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Guests: Barry Popkin, PhD, is the Carla Steel Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition. He is Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and directs the University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Obesity. His book is titled: The World Is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies, and Products That Are Fattening the Human Race. The photo is of Dr. Popkin.
Frank Sacks, MD, is Professor of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was the lead investigator on “Comparison of Weight-Loss Diets with Different Compositions of Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrates”