ROBERT H. LUSTIG
M.D., M.S.L. Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology, and Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Lustig is bringing science to policy in altering our processed food environment. Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist whose clinical research has focused on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system. He is currently investigating the contribution of biochemical, neural, hormonal, and genetic influences in the expression of the current obesity and diabetes epidemics in children and adults. He is one of the leaders of the global “anti-sugar” movement to improve global health. He is the author of many academic works, and of the popular book “Fat Chance: beating the odds against sugar, processed food, obesity, and disease”, and the “Fat Chance Cookbook”. Dr. Lustig is also president of the non-profit Institute for Responsible Nutrition.
Genes & Environment in Metabolic Disease
Although genetics play a role in the obesity and diabetes epidemic, changes in our environment explain the 30-year upswing in prevalence and severity. Understanding the gene-environment interactions can assist in screening and treating the most vulnerable.