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Obesity... Be Dammed!: What It Will Take to Turn the Tide

In this paper published recently in the Harvard Health Policy Review, Dr. Katz offers his perspective on what it will take to turn the tide of epidemic obesity.



Included below are some of Dr. Katz' recent articles, essays, op-eds and columns written for the New York Times Syndicate. Click on the title to read any item of interest. This section will be updated frequently.

2014-10-31 Why Dieting Must Die
2014-10-24 Lifestyle Medicine
2014-10-17 A Case for Holism
2014-10-10 Unscrambling Eggs
2014-10-03 Knowing and Doing
2014-09-26 Health from Here
2014-09-19 We Are Thick
2014-09-12 Salt in the Wound
2014-09-05 Cuisinicity
2014-08-29 Oblivobesity
2014-08-22 Avoiding Knee Jerk Care
2014-08-15 Tears of a Clown
2014-08-08 Aborted Thinking
2014-08-03 Processing Messages about Food
2014-07-25 Who Cares for Us
2014-07-18 Lifestyle Medicine and Tiny Parachutes
2014-07-11 Students Weighted and Measured
2014-07-04 Calculus of Pain
2014-06-27 Unpalatable Truth
2014-06-20 Faith and Facts about Obesity
2014-06-13 Dirty Research Money
2014-06-06 Debunking Breakfast
2014-05-30 Diet Soda meets Straw Man
2014-05-23 Is Junk Really Food?
2014-05-16 Clean Dirt
2014-05-09 Overcooked Dietary Guidance
2014-05-02 Fatness and Vascular Fitness
2014-04-25 Eating on Earth Day
2014-04-18 Salt Fix
2014-04-11 Gravity of Misinformation
2014-04-04 Making Better Dough
2014-03014 Drowning in Calories
2014-03-28 Butter
2014-03-21 Chewing through Headlines
2014-02-28 Crest to Come
2014-02-21 Gills Pills and Obesity Genes
2014-02-14 Sweet Heart
2014-02-07 Fortification Follies
2014-01-31 Kindergarten Karma
2014-01-24 Choices and Responsibility
2014-01-17 Ounces and Pounds
2014-01-10 Judging Diets
2014-01-03 Muddling the Multivitamin Message
2013-12-27 Ready or Not Resolutions
2013-12-20 Feeding Homo sapiens
2013-12-13 Epidemiology over Ideology
2013-12-06 Statins and Static
2013-11-29 Holiday Health
2013-11-22 Fixing SNAP
2013-11-15 Past Collusion
2013-11-08 Sleep On It
2013-11-01 Not Dying
2013-10-25 Saturated Fat
2013-10-18 Cookies, Cocaine, and Culture
2013-10-11 Easy as A-B-C
2013-10-04 Hormone Replacement Maybe
2013-09-27 Weight is Not a Choice
2013-09-20 Disease Proof
2013-09-13 Being Less Dense
2013-09-06 Enough Flu-ing Around
2013-08-30 Fixing Obesity in Arkansas
2013-08-23 Lyme Disease and Lemonade
2013-08-16 How Medication Can Kill You
2013-08-09 Pediatric Obesity Puzzle
2013-08-02 Birthday Miles
2013-07-26 Chewing on Breafkast
2013-07-19 Hormones and Headlines
2013-07-12 Bunk about Junk Food
2013-07-05 Being Human First
2013-06-28 Getting AHEAD
2013-06-21 Obesity as Disease
2013-06-14 Unity, Balance, and Power
2013-06-07 Health Honeymooners
2013-05-31 CoQ and A
2013-05-24 Remembering the Future
2013-05-17 Fixing Obesity
2013-05-10 All for One
2013-05-03 New Beef with Meat and Eggs
2013-04-26 Uncomplicating Health Matters
2013-04-19 Terrorists Are Morons
2013-04-12 Opinion Stew
2013-04-05 Medical Myopia
2013-03-29 The PROCESS
2013-03-22 My Colonoscopy
2013-03-15 Health, Wealth, and Wisdom
2013-03-08 Handling Truth About Food
2013-03-01 Addictive by Design
2013-02-22 Science, Sense, and Sandbags
2013-02-15 A Better Recipe
2013-02-08 Prevention, Dollars, and Sense
2013-02-01 The Wrong Worries
2013-01-25 Bearing with Coke
2013-01-18 Money Based Medicine
2013-01-11 Of Guns and Numbers
2013-01-04 Perils of Ping Pong Science
2012-12-28 Happy Ever After
2012-12-21 Lines in the Sand
2012-12-14 The Missing Link in Health Promotion
2012-12-07 Flu Me Once
2012-11-30 Mammography Muddle
2012-11-16 Hollow Leg and Hypothalamus
2012-11-09 Genetically Modified Perspective
2012-11-02 On Vulnerability
2012-10-26 Chewing on the Future of Food
2012-10-19 Multivitamins and Multiplication
2012-10-12 Loving Lunch That Loves Kids Back
2012-10-05 Smaller Government, More Salmonella
2012-09-28 A Matter of Minutes
2012-09-21 Taste Bud Rehab
2012-09-14 Diet of Unintended Consequences
2012-09-07 The Social Animal
2012-08-31 Our Place in Nature
2012-08-24 Unscrambling Egg Science
2012-08-17 Road to Greatness
2012-08-10 Rational Rationing
2012-08-03 Your Cookies Won't Explode
2012-07-27 Questions of Mass Dysfunction
2012-07-20 Plain English
2012-07-13 By The Seat of Our Pants
2012-07-06 Having it All
2012-06-29 Screening for Obesity
2012-06-22 The Body Politic
2012-06-15 One for All
2012-06-08 Sharing a Taste for Change
2012-06-01 Unjunking Ourselves
2012-05-25 Prostate Predicament
2012-05-18 Learning to Swim in Calories
2012-05-11 Mind Boggling Nutrition Guidance
2012-05-04 Medical Sense of Medical Dollars
2012-04-27 Minding Our Business
2012-04-20 Weight Loss Lunacy
2012-04-13 Bad Formula
2012-04-06 Choosing Wisely, Together
2012-03-30 What Health Care is Like
2012-03-23 Back to the Future of Public Health?
2012-03-16 Public Health for Nincompoops
2012-03-09 Health, Wealth, and Conventional Wisdom
2012-03-02 Spoons Full of Sugar
2012-02-24 Qnexa
2012-02-17 Prevention Predicament
2012-02-10 Nutrition in a 2nd Rate Hen House
2012-02-03 Theme of Memes
2012-01-27 Brown Fat
2012-01-20 Minding Our Brains
2012-01-13 Eating Just One
2012-01-06 Chewing on the Best Diets
2011-12-30 What If?
2011-12-23 Breast Implants and Perfect as the Enemy of Good
2011-12-16 Dignifying Health
2011-12-09 Trauma Wagging the Dog
2011-12-07 On Plausibility
2011-12-07 A Boy and His Smarticle
2011-12-02 Reimbursement for Obesity Counseling
2011-11-25 Thanks, But No Thanks
2011-11-18 Fatness and MisFitness
2011-11-11 Food Addiction
2011-11-04 Resveratrol
2011-10-28 IOM Nutrition Guidance
2011-10-21 Food Day
2011-10-14 Multivitamin Menace
2011-10-07 PSA
2011-09-30 SNAP, carrots, and stick
2011-09-23 Behaving Ourselves
2011-09-16 Larger Forces
2011-09-09 Trauma, Toxicity and Time
2011-09-02 Getting Personal about Medical Care
2011-08-26 Getting to YOU-Centered Care
2011-08-19 Illumination versus Irradiation
2011-08-12 Nuts for Walnuts
2011-08-05 Salmonella, Surface Area, and Self Defense
2011-07-29 Genetically Modified Food
2011-07-22 Gluten
2011-07-15 Turkey Burger Recipe
2011-07-15 The First Lady's Lunch
2011-07-01 Questioning the Guardians of Science
2011-06-24 The Super 6
2011-06-17 Saturated Fat
2011-06-10 About Those Sprouts
2011-06-03 Weight Loss Resistance
2011-05-27 Work Cut Out
2011-05-20 Up-Dee-Do, and Beyond
2011-05-13 Fitting Fitness In
2011-05-06 Basis for Obesity Bias
2011-04-29 Fly by Night Decisions
2011-04-22 Weight Loss Surprise
2011-04-15 Hormone Replacement Follies
2011-04-08 Favoring Familiar Food
2011-04-01 The ONAAT Fallacy
2011-03-25 Iodine Defense
2011-03-18 Aftershocks
2011-03-11 Right EMPHASIS for Health Research
2011-03-04 The Cost and Value of Food
2011-02-25 Standards of Standard Care
2011-02-18 Strokes of Unkind Fate
2011-02-11 Eggsonerating the Egg
2011-02-04 PHINDING Health, Together
2011-01-28 Satiety
2011-01-21 Truly Better Food
2011-01-14 House of Bad Medicine
2011-01-07 Resisting the Tyranny of Medical Testing
2010-12-31 Hormones, More at Home
2010-12-24 Swords, Plowshares, and Perspiration for 2011
2010-12-17 Left, Right, Wrong: Health Care and the Constitution
2010-12-10 My Take on Taking Aspirin
2010-12-04 Just One Health
2010-12-03 In and Out of Love with Vitamin D
2010-11-26 Uncage Your Inner Animal
2010-11-19 Loving Food that Loves us Back
2010-11-12 The Twinkie Diet
2010-11-05 Toys, Tyrrany, and the Pursuit of HAPPYness
2010-10-29 water, Tea, and cholera
2010-10-22 All for One?
2010-10-15 Public Health: for Whom the Bell Tolls
2010-10-08 Soda, SNAP, sticks, and stones
2010-10-01 Mammography Before Fifty
2010-09-24 What to Do about Flu
2010-09-17 Shakespeare, Sheep, and Sugar
2010-09-11 God's Radio
2010-09-10 Beefing about Soy
2010-09-03 Feathers, French fries, Calories, and Pounds
2010-08-27 Chicken or Egg?
2010-08-20 Tomorrow's Nobel Prize
2010-08-13 Pennies, Pounds, and Food
2010-08-06 Liberation Therapy for MS
2010-07-30 Epidemiology and Elephants
2010-07-23 Alike, but Different
2010-07-16 Weight Loss, Wonder Drugs, and Fish
2010-07-09 Diet, Calories, Fitness, and Fatness
2010-07-02 Pain
2010-06-25 Arms, Teeth, and Vulnerability
2010-06-18 Cup of Life
2010-06-11 Doctors, Patients, and Communication
2010-06-04 Caring about Primary Care
2010-05-28 Organic Reorientation
2010-05-21 Chewing on Meat, and Data
2010-05-14 Same Boat
2010-05-07 Middle Ground at Menopause
2010-04-30 Choosing Life
2010-04-24 Diet for Health Promotion
2010-04-23 Salt, Siblings, and Shelf Life
2010-04-16 Recess, not Ritalin!
2010-04-09 Do Multivitamins Cause Breast Cancer?
2010-04-02 Reflections on Crestor, and Relativity
2010-03-26 Health Reform Hallelujah
2010-03-19 Fattitude Adjustment
2010-03-12 For Whom the Health Bill Tolls
2010-03-05 One Cookie, More or Less
2010-02-26 Connecting Imaginary Dots
2010-02-19 Health, Bodies, and the Body Politic
2010-02-12 Mind, Veil, and Towel
2010-02-05 First Lady versus Obesity
2010-01-29 Outing Obesity
2010-01-22 Grain of Salt
2010-01-15 The Human Archipelago
2010-01-08 Autism and Food
2010-01-01 Evolution, As a Matter of Fact
2009-12-25 Health Care Reform, Through the Woods
2009-12-18 Dosing Medical Technology
2009-12-11 What Scares Me About Health Care Reform
2009-12-04 Half a Cup of Stem Cells
2009-11-27 Ounces and Pounds, Dollars and Sense
2009-11-20 Alone in a Crowd
2009-11-13 Shot Felt Round the Ward
2009-11-13 Declaration of Reform
2009-11-06 Advancing against Cancer
2009-10-30 Flu Math- Summing the Unseen
2009-10-23 Cancer Screening Sweet Spot
2009-10-16 Signs of Science
2009-10-09 Not So Nice to Meat You
2009-10-02 Brains on Football
2009-09-25 HIV Prevention, by Inches and Yards
2009-09-18 A Shot at the Flu
2009-09-11 Reform, Reality, and the Origins of Health
2009-08-28 Doctor and Patient: Shared Power, Shared Responsibility
2009-08-21 Living versus Not Dying
2009-08-14 Blessings on Exercise
2009-08-07 Busting Ghosts in the Medical Machine
2009-07-31 Help and Harm
2009-07-24 Weighing Doctors' Advice, and Doctors
2009-07-17 Hoofbeats and Your Health
2009-07-10 In Defense of Food Guidance
2009-07-04 The Right to Bare Arms (and Buttocks)
2009-07-03 Et tu, Tylenol?
2009-06-26 Medicine, Magic, Today, and Tomorrow
2009-06-19 Health Reform, Reimagined
2009-06-12 Flu for Thought
2009-06-05 Chewing on the Value of Food
2009-05-29 Health Care Reform: Passion, Politics, and Pragmatism
2009-05-22 Obesity: Debate, Delay, and Danger
2009-05-15 Health in Health Care Reform
2009-05-08 Earmarks, in the Ears of the Beholder
2009-05-01 Flu Pandemic, Media Pandemonium
2009-04-24 plan b for Plan B
2009-04-17 Pheet, Phorks, and Pharmacology
2009-04-10 Soda, Sense, and Snow
2009-04-03 Vegetarianism
2009-03-27 Between Caution and Carpe Diem
2009-03-20 Prostate Cancer Conundrum
2009-03-13 Stem Cell Research: Left and Right, not Right and Wrong
2009-03-06 Patients, Get Lost!...or Don't
2009-02-27 Calories Count
2009-02-20 Risk Benefit Ratio
2009-02-13 Performance Enhancement for All
2009-02-06 Cup of Life
2009-01-30 Lust versus Trust
2009-01-23 Making Policy That Makes Sense
2009-01-16 Convenient Peril
2009-01-09 Flu Resistance, and Our Own
2009-01-01 New Opportunities, Tried and True Knowledge
2008-12-26 Holiday Moderation
2008-12-19 Knolwedge to Power: A Public Health Holiday Homily
2008-12-12 Recess to Ritalin and Back Again
2008-12-05 Inspired HIV Control
2008-11-27 Memory
2008-11-23 Shin Bone
2008-11-16 Remote Control Health
2008-11-09 Hope
2008-11-02 Health Insurance, and Your Mama...
2008-10-26 Solving Obesity
2008-10-18 Vitamin D
2008-10-12 Stress
2008-10-04 Art and Science
2008-09-28 Sweet and Corny
2008-09-20 Life and Death, In Your Hands
2008-09-14 Flu
2008-09-07 Vytorin and the FDA
2008-08-31 Abortion
2008-08-24 Rational Rationing of Healthcare
2008-08-17 ABCs of Vitamin D
2008-08-10 Exercise 101
2008-08-03 Wondering about Wonder Drugs
2008-07-26 Putting Risks in a Cell
2008-07-20 Cooked Up Confusion About Diets & Weight
2008-07-12 Data, Dipped in Chocolate
2008-07-06 Genes, & the Risks of Seeking Risklessness
2008-06-29 Pleasures & Perils of Alcohol: Refining the Balance
2008-06-22 Bariatric Surgery: the Scalpel Cuts Both Ways
2008-06-15 Genes, Choices, & Destiny: the case for Nurturing Nature
2008-06-07 Quackery, In the Eyes of the Beholder
2008-06-01 Obesity Mission Unaccomplished
2008-05-26 Diabetes Prevention: What Lifestyle Can Do
2008-05-18 Public Health: Smoke of a Distant Fire
2008-05-10 Fat Cells: Easy Come, Not So Easy Go
2008-05-03 Remembering Measles
2008-04-27 County Roulette
2008-04-20 Antioxidant Anxieties
2008-04-12 Getting Medical Care that Makes Sense
2008-04-06 Debunking Dietary Dogma
2008-03-30 Bias in Research
2008-03-23 Minding Our Brains
2008-03-16 Know Thyself, to Control Thyself
2008-03-10 Couch Potato (chips)
2008-03-02 Medical Decisions, between Scylla & Charybdis
2008-02-22 Nutrition, on a Need to Know Basis
2008-02-17 Fooled by Flu
2008-02-12 Health Benefits of Caribbean Cruise ?
2008-02-10 Glucose meets Goldilocks: Getting Diabetes Control Just Right
2008-02-03 Not Just Waiting for the World to Change
2008-01-27 Nuts for Health
2008-01-20 Dreams, Genes, & Our Common Humanity
2008-01-13 Disease Prevention: More than the Sum of Parts
2008-01-06 Harm Reduction
2007-12-31 Resolution Reality Check
2007-12-23 Cancer News at Christmas: An Epidemiologic Epiphany
2007-12-15 Evidence, in the Eyes of the Beholder
2007-12-08 Weight of Evidence
2007-12-02 Salt
2007-11-25 Hollow Leg & Hypothalamus
2007-11-18 Fiddlin' With the Farm Bill
2007-11-11 Don't Worry, Be Healthy
2007-11-03 Trials & Tribulations
2007-10-28 Holistic Care
2007-10-21 MRSA
2007-10-15 Fed Up with Bad Diet Advice
2007-10-08 Nutrient Supplements
2007-09-30 Epidemiology over Ideology
2007-09-23 Rationally Rationing Healthcare
2007-09-16 Living: Longer is Good, Better is Better!
2007-09-09 Nutty Benefits of Probiotics
2007-09-03 Rationally Unfattening Ourselves
2007-08-26 Bariatric Surgery: Right Answer, Wrong Question
2007-08-19 Higher Learning, Higher Risks
2007-08-13 Caffeine, Beyond the Buzz
2007-07-28 Bigger Birds: How Obesity Spreads
2007-07-22 Fruits, Veggies, & Cancer
2007-07-15 Sunlight
2007-07-08 Battle of Bulge
2007-06-30 Supervising Supplements
2007-06-24 Diet Drugs
2007-06-17 Kellogg's Spoonful of Restraint
2007-06-11 Obesity be Dammed!
2007-06-10 Enjoying Delightful Weather, Avoiding Frightful Injury
2007-06-03 Boning Up to Beat Osteoporosis
2007-05-27 Avandia, Reconsidered
2007-05-20 Breast Cancer Risks, Avoidable & Otherwise
2007-05-14 Vitamin Fortified Everything...
2007-05-06 Defense Against Dementia
2007-04-29 No Free Lunch
2007-04-22 Fear Itself
2007-04-15 Fat Genes, Fat Chances
2007-04-07 Beating Breast Cancer, In Spite of It All
2007-04-02 Organically Organized
2007-03-25 Chocolate: Dark Truths, White Lies
2007-03-18 Supplemental Reading
2007-03-11 Why Atkins Was Wrong
2007-03-03 Vacillating on Vaccination
2007-02-28 Health-Related Rights & Responsibilities
2007-02-18 Fishing for a Healthy Pregnancy
2007-02-12 Breakthroughs & Balderdash
2007-02-04 Brink of Bingeing
2007-01-27 The Nicotine Hook
2007-01-19 Mundane Medical Marvel
2007-01-15 Overmedicalization
2007-01-09 Letter in Science Times, NY Times: Overmedicalization
2007-01-08 Our Daily Bread: Wheat, Chafe, & Grains of Truth
2007-01-01 Reengineering Your Resolutions
2006-12-25 Hopeful Holiday Homily
2006-12-21 Adopting Chinese Babies: Obese Need Not Apply
2006-12-16 Nannies vs. Ninnies, or Common Ground?
2006-12-10 Avoiding Colds & Flu
2006-12-03 Beyond Mammography
2006-11-25 Putting the Holiday Season Under Your Belt…But Not!
2006-11-17 Food Marketing to Children-The Fox Fixes the Henhouse
2006-11-11 Low Carb Confusion
2006-11-04 Longing for Longevity
2006-10-28 Lung Cancer: Looking for Trouble We Know How to Handle
2006-10-22 The Pros and Cons of Pro- and Anti- Biotics
2006-10-15 A Bone to Pick with Cola?
2006-10-14 Of Trans Fat, and Transgressions
2006-10-08 Lipid Lowering: Diet, Drugs, & Druthers
2006-10-01 Getting the Lead out - to Remove Trans Fat
2006-09-24 Why You Should Eat Those Fruits & Veggies...Anyway
2006-09-17 Germ Warfare We Can’t Outlaw
2006-09-03 For whom the towers toll
2006-08-27 Back To School, Optimally Immunized
2006-08-19 Controlling Childhood Obesity by Following the Leader
2006-08-13 Fat Distractors
2006-08-03 Keeping Your Cool
2006-07-29 Gaming the System
2006-07-23 Syndromic Success
2006-07-16 Small Steps, Great Leaps
2006-07-02 The Basic Care & Feeding of Your Kids
2006-06-24 Holistic Care, Carefully Handled
2006-06-18 The Heart of a Woman
2006-06-11 Preventing Cancer, Admitting Vulnerability...
2006-06-04 Bariatric Surgery: For Whom the Bell Curve Tolls
2006-05-31 Prioritizing Prevention
2006-05-21 WalMart Goes Organic
2006-05-13 Smokers, In From the Cold
2006-05-08 Soda: So long, & so what?
2006-04-29 Strategic Sleep
2006-04-09 Obesity, by any other word...
2006-03-26 Supplements, Suppositions, & Science
2006-03-18 What Lies Ahead
2006-03-10 Why Cancer Happens
2006-03-03 Undoctoring Our Food
2006-02-19 Science, ad absurdum…The sensible case for Health Promotion
2006-02-15 Responsibly Personal Obesity Policy
2006-02-11 Low Fat Diet Falls Down?
2006-01-22 The Art and Science of Looking for Trouble
2006-01-14 Influenza Arms Race - Evolution, in Fast Forward
2006-01-07 Organic Rhyme & Reason
2005-12-24 Family of Man
2005-12-18 Weight Loss Resolution? Add Aptitude to Attitude
2005-12-10 The Fox, the Henhouse, and Chicken Fingers
2005-12-04 Weighing Yourself, and Your Options
2005-10-29 The Obesity Avalanche: Exonerating Snowflakes
2005-09-30 Big Fat Laugh
2005-07-31 Hydrating the Hypo-active
2005-07-22 Feeding bodies like minds... or vice versa
2005-03-18 Boys of Summer
2004-12-24 Sweet Nothings
2004-07-22 Obesity: More Like Drowning Than Disease
2004-06-10 Obesity: Not Bad, Just Bad for You
2003-10-18 The 'Blemish' of Obesity: of Birthmark, and Birthright
2003-10-06 The Food Supply, For Dummies
Review of Michael Jacobson et al.'s "Six Arguments for a Greener Diet: How a More Plant-Based Diet Could Save Your Health and the Environment"
SCIENCE Online, Manuscript Number 1134485, Issue Date 11/03/2006, Volume 314, Page 762
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