Why We Get Fat: Diet Trends & Food Policy
A conversation with Gary Taubes, Science Journalist, Author of Why We Get Fat and, What to Do About It (Knopf 2010) and Good Calories, Bad Calories (Knopf 2007) and Dr. Christopher Gardner, Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of Nutrition Studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University. Moderated by Paul Costello, Chief Communications Officer, Stanford School of Medicine.
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. Space is limited to the first 250 people. Doors will close at 11:40 am. Please allocate extra time to find parking and walk to Li Ka Shing Center.