Dr. Katz is a medical contributor for ABC News; nutrition columnist to O, The Oprah Magazine; and a health columnist for the New York Times Syndicate. Dr. Katz is also a frequent source of expert opinion to print media, radio and television.

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New Cancer Recommendations: Diet, Weight, Alcohol and Red Meat Consumption All Implicated in Cancer Risk
After five years of reviewing 7,000 medical studies, a team of top scientists from around the world has concluded that diet and weight directly affect whether you'll get cancer ... Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., echoed the view that ... "The link between obesity and cancer is strong, consistent and biologically plausible."
Oct. 31, 2007 | ABC News

Holistic Medicine Has a Place
While many tend to think that the distinction between conventional and alternative medicine is the availability of scientific evidence, that just isn't so ... in both disciplines there is evidence, of variable quality and quantity, across the expanse of treatments and conditions.
- Column by David Katz, M.D.
Oct. 29, 2007 | New Haven Register

Conference Seeks To Empower Women
Women of all ages, shapes and colors packed the Miami Beach Convention Center last weekend to get advice on how best to live their lives from O, The Oprah Magazine. The second annual O You! women's conference sought to empower the 3,000 women who attended ... Jim Karas, fitness and weight-loss expert, and Dr. David Katz, spoke on the importance of having healthy nutrition and weight control.
Oct. 5, 2007 | The Broward Times

One In Three Kids Take Supplements
The study was published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and shows an increasing number of parents that strongly believe in the effects of taking these daily pills, as adding extra nutrients to their children's daily diet. The research was conducted by Dr. David Katz, associate professor of Public Health at Yale University School of Medicine
Oct. 2, 2007 | eFluxMedia

Are Multivitamins for Kids Worthless? No Evidence That Supplements Enhance Health of Children, Doctors Say
Dr. David Katz, associate professor of Public Health at Yale University School of Medicine, notes that a recent consensus conference held by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) "concluded that we don't know if multivitamins or minerals do any good."
Oct. 1, 2007 | ABC News

Oprah's Friends Help Celebrate Her Mag
Among them: best friend and magazine editor-at-large Gayle King, What Not To Wear's Stacy London, entertaining guru Colin Cowie, interior designer Nate Berkus, financial expert Suze Orman, life coach Martha Beck, nutrition and health authority Dr. David Katz.
Sep. 29, 2007 | Miami Herald

ADHD Drugs Help Boost Children's Grades
Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can perform better at school if placed on long-term drug therapy, a new study suggests. … "This study provides reassuring evidence that medication is not just blunting hyperactivity or enhancing alertness but actually doing so in a way that protects the capacity to learn," noted Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn.
Sep. 21, 2007 | Atlanta Journal Constitution

U.S. Life Expectancy Hits New High
Life expectancy rates in the United States are at an all-time high, with people born in 2005 projected to live for nearly 78 years, a new federal study finds. … Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine, said, "News that life expectancy is increasing is, of course, good. But the evidence we have suggests that there is more chronic disease than ever in the U.S. Diabetes and obesity are both epidemic, and of particular concern.
Sep. 12, 2007 | Atlanta Journal Constitution

Food Additives Could Fuel Hyperactivity in Kids
Some common food colorings and preservatives appear to increase the risk of hyperactive behavior among children, British researchers report. … "ADHD is an increasingly common problem, and theories abound to account for that," said Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine. "Among them is the notion that food additives induce hyperactivity."Despite this apparent connection, Katz cautioned that the increasing number of children with ADHD cannot be blamed on food additives alone.
Sep. 6, 2007 | Forbes

Rock 'N' Roll: Sex, Drugs and an Early Exit
Rock and pop stars are more than twice as likely to die early compared with the general population, British researchers report. … Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University School of Medicine's Prevention Research Center, said the study findings should serve as a wake-up call for performers and their fans about the hazards that can accompany fame.
Sep. 4, 2007 | The Washington Post

U.S. Teens Fall Short on Vaccine Coverage
Most young U.S. children are getting their recommended vaccinations, but rates for teens are lagging, especially for some newer vaccines, U.S. health officials announced Thursday. "This is clear and compelling evidence that financial barriers to health care come at a high cost to society. In this case, children will get diseases we have the means to prevent. That is unconscionable," said Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University School of Medicine's Prevention Research Center.
Aug. 30, 2007 | Forbes

Study: Vitamins No Magic Bullet for Heart Health
A study released today in the Archives of Internal Medicine is the latest to put a dent in the theory that vitamins such as C, E and antioxidants such as beta carotene can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular events. "Studies of nutrients for disease prevention all indicate that the active ingredient in a healthful diet is a healthful diet, and not some isolated nutrient we can put in a pill," said Dr. David Katz, director of the prevention research center at Yale University.
Aug. 13, 2007 | ABC News

Last Flu Season Was Mild, But Child Deaths Worrying
Although the 2006-07 flu season was comparatively mild in the United States, it still claimed the lives of 68 children, and experts say more must be done to reduce the death toll. ... "While waiting to see what this year will bring, we should all plan to roll our sleeves up and get vaccinated and in no way let our guard down," said Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University School of Medicine's Prevention Research Center.
Aug. 10, 2007 | Washington Post

Foods Taste Better With McDonald's Logo, Kids Say
Most 3- and 5-year-olds who taste-tested a variety of foods said they preferred the ones in the McDonald's wrapper -- even though the foods were exactly the same, a new study finds. ... "This study demonstrates simply and elegantly that advertising literally brainwashes young children into a baseless preference for certain food products," said Dr. David Katz, the director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.
Aug. 6, 2007 | HealthDay News

Myths About Cancer Risk Abound
Misconceptions about cancer are rampant among Americans, a new study finds, including the mistaken notions that cancer deaths are on the rise and that air pollution is a greater cancer risk than smoking. "The public understanding of cancer risk suffers from important gaps and misconceptions," said Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine. "In some cases, cancer risk is exaggerated; American women believe breast cancer is the leading cause of death among them, but heart disease kills fully 10 times as many women," Katz said. He added, "Some potential risk factors, such as pesticide residues on foods, are exaggerated, while others, such as cigarette smoking or excessive sun exposure, don't get the full respect they deserve."
July 26, 2007 | Forbes

Study: Obesity Is 'Socially Contagious'
If your friends and family get fat, chances are you will too, researchers report in a startling new study that suggests obesity is "socially contagious" and can spread easily from person to person. Obesity experts not involved in the research said the results back up what they have suspected all along - that people look toward one another for what is an acceptable weight. "If you're just a little bit heavy and everyone around you is quite heavier, you will feel good when you look in a mirror," said Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center.
July 25, 2007 | Forbes

Tomatoes show little effect in reducing cancer risk
A review by researchers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published in the current issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has found that there is very little scientific evidence for the anti-cancer properties of either tomatoes or lycopene. "It reaffirms what we keep learning over and over again," said Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine. "There is no silver bullet in food. Dietary pattern influences health very powerfully. But that power does not tend to reside in a single food, and certainly not in a single nutrient. Lycopene joins the ranks of vitamin C, beta carotene, and vitamin E in this regard."
July 11, 2007 | KTRK-TV Houston, TX

Dark Chocolate Possible Prescription for High Blood Pressure
Researchers have found that chocolate – dark chocolate – is good for your heart. They say it may stave off hardening of the arteries among smokers, and it has more antioxidants per gram than red wine, green tea or berries. The latest study on chocolate shows it may be better for you than you think and that some people may even want to eat chocolate for medicinal purposes. Dr. David Katz is a weight control specialist. He warns people not to eat too much of a good thing. "If you over indulge, then the benefits no longer win out."
July 4, 2007 | Voice of America

It's Never Too Late to Get Healthy
Adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle makes a difference, even if the change doesn't come until middle age. "Healthy living is the most powerful medicine of all. It requires no prescription, and all of the side effects are beneficial, too. It can, admittedly, be tough at times to get there from here, but it's well worth it, and anytime is a good time to start," said Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine.
June 28, 2007 | HealthDay

1.2 Million U.S. Patients Get Resistant Staph Each Year
As many as 1.2 million U.S. hospital patients may be infected each year with a virulent staph infection that's resistant to antibiotics -- a rate almost 10 times greater than previous estimates, a new study finds. One expert agrees that more needs to be done to fight this looming threat. "In the early years of the 21st century, we are seeing the value of antibiotics decline as more and more germs become resistant to them," says Dr. David Katz, the director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine. "Methicillin-resistant Staph aureus is one important example of this trend."
June 25, 2007 | HealthDay

Aspartame Worries Resurface but Fail to Sway Most
Diet experts voiced skepticism over new claims that aspartame poses a risk to the millions of people who consume it daily. Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at the Yale University School of Medicine, said, "If aspartame were going to cause a meaningful uptick in human cancers, we've had a natural experiment - namely, the continuous tracking of cancer trends by CDC - to show us that movement of the needle. To date, it has not been seen."
June 26, 2007 | ABC News

JA Members Go To Conference
The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. Annual Education Conference in Memphis, Tenn. ... featured speaker was Dr. David Katz. Dr. Katz is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on nutrition, weight control, and the prevention of chronic disease. He is the director and co-founder of Yale Prevention Research Center and a medical contributor for ABC News.
June 18, 2007 | Searcy Daily Citizen

Counting Calories: Some Want Numbers Posted On Menu
More than a dozen local and state governments want to require calorie counts be displayed on the menu board or inside the table menu. "If you have information about where calories are coming from, you have a better opportunity to control the ratio of calories in to out and get that balance right to control your weight," said Dr. David Katz of the Yale University School of Medicine.
June 17, 2007 | ABC News

Kellogg Will Stop Pushing Sugary Cereals to Kids and Reformulate Some Foods
Kellogg Co., the world's leading maker of cereals with close to $11 billion in 2006 sales, unveiled new standards Thursday for marketing its products to children under 12. ... Responding to these criteria, Dr. David Katz at the Yale University School of Medicine said, said he believes other companies will start similar programs. "I think it's very likely that there'll be other lawsuits if they don't; they can read the writing on the wall."
June 14, 2007 | ABC News

FDA Shouldn't Approve Diet Drug, Panel Says
The weight-loss drug rimonabant should not be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... an advisory panel concluded. Despite the significant side effect, some experts said they believe the drug should be approved. "Well-conducted, large clinical trials provide clear and compelling evidence that rimonabant facilitates weight loss," said Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine.
June 13, 2007 | HealthDay

Healthiest Massages
A study published in Archives of Internal Medicine ... showed Swedish massage may be a safe and effective way to reduce pain and improve the functional ability of adults with osteoarthritis of the knee. "Given the knowledge of massage we have right now, I think we'll be reading much more about its variety of applications over the coming years," says Dr. David Katz, director of Yale's Prevention Research Center and the study's senior investigator.
June 11, 2007 | Forbes

Hormone injections may help some dieters, but experts skeptical
A study released today has found that injecting people with a synthetic hormone may help them lose weight and feel satisfied. "This is not a convenient treatment," Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at the Yale School of Medicine told ABC News. He cites the fact that users in the study required injections several times a day.."
June 8, 2007 | KTRK-TV Houston, TX

CRN Annual Conference Brings Hot Topics To The Desert
The Council for Responsible Nutrition’s (CRN) annual meeting ... will be enlightened by medical educator and ABC medical contributor, Dr. David Katz. In addition to holding a position as associate professor adjunct of public health practice at the Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Katz became a medical contributor in 2005 for ABC.
June 7, 2007 | NPIcenter

Your Diet's at the Door
There's no cooking; no calorie counting. Though costs of delivery diets run high, consumers are shelling out for them. "A lot of people these days don't know how to cook, frankly. And they don't know how to cook the right stuff. So this takes all the thought and preparation out," said Dr. David Katz, a nutritionist and Yale University professor. "Portion control is the second best thing about the pre-packaged meals."
May 26, 2007 | ABC News

Type 2 Diabetes Takes Toll on Teens
"Recent studies have confirmed what most of us have long suspected, that the rate of what used to be called adult onset diabetes is rising rapidly in children and adolescents," said Dr. David L. Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine.
May 24, 2007 | HealthDay News

Health Expert Fears Too Much Soda Could Lead to Bone Damage
"There is some evidence that the acid load of soda, regular or diet, has an adverse affect on bone health," said Dr. David Katz, nutrition expert at the Yale School of Medicine. "I would be very worried that if you are drinking 12 cans a day, diet or regular, it's potentially going to do damage to your skeleton, and eventually that can be a very serious problem."
May 19, 2007 | ABC News

Pupils Get Early Lesson in Nutrition
Stew Leonard Jr. kicked off a collaborative effort to teach children how to lead a healthful lifestyle. Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, contributor to "Good Morning America" and author of several nutrition books, joined Leonard in announcing the initiative. Katz's weekly column on nutrition appears in the New Haven Register.
May 16, 2007 | New Haven Register

Calcium Some Help in Preventing Postmenopausal Weight Gain
"The beneficial effects on weight gain peaked after just three years, and then plateaued," said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University School of Medicine Prevention Research Center.
May 16, 2007 | HealthDay News

Connecticut Senate Passes Trans-Fat Ban
Connecticut would become the first state in the country to ban the use of artery-clogging trans-fats in restaurants under a bill adopted by the Senate late Wednesday night. ... The bill has broad support from the state's medical community. In February, Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center, told the legislature's Public Health Committee that a trans-fat ban could save approximately 170 lives a year in Connecticut.
May 11, 2007 | Hartford Courant

A Mother's Gift Lives On
Mom, I'll be thinking of you this week as I attend two special events sponsored by the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. On Thursday, Kelly Brownell, Ph.D., of Yale University, will talk about ways to prevent childhood obesity at the Monterey Bay Obesity Symposium. Friday evening, Dr. David Katz, an expert on weight control and health issues, will be honored at a special dinner.
Barbara Quinn On Nutrition
May 9, 2007 | Monterey County Herald

Diet Coke Plus; still a minus!
It's the one addiction people will admit to. But will Diet Coke, now 25 years old, be the same if it comes with vitamins? ... "Studies suggest that diet drinks can bump calories out of the diet short term," says Dr. David Katz, a public-health specialist at Yale, "but that people compensate over time by eating more sugar."
May 7, 2007 | The Common Voice

U.S. At Epicenter of Global Obesity Pandemic
For the first time in history, the number of overfed, overweight people in the world outnumbers those who are hungry. It's called a global obesity pandemic, and the United States is at the epicenter of it, says Dr. David Katz, medical contributor to ABC News and director and co-founder of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University.
May 5, 2007 | Kingsport Times News

Dramatic Rise in U.S. Kids Hospitalized for Type 2 Diabetes
In another sign of the alarming childhood obesity epidemic in the United States, researchers report a 200 percent increase in the number of children hospitalized for type 2 diabetes. ... "Epidemic childhood obesity has transformed a chronic disease of mid-life into a pediatric scourge," Katz added.
May 5, 2007 | Atlanta Journal Constitution | HealthDay News

Rare Lung Disease Found in Food-Flavoring Workers
Eight cases of a rare and life-threatening form of lung disease have been discovered among those who worked in food flavoring plants in California between 2004 and 2007, a new study finds. "If the chemicals used in the flavoring industry are this potentially dangerous to the workers handling them, how good an idea can it be for the rest of us to be eating them? Personally, I think artificial flavors should neither be inhaled, nor ingested," said Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine.
April 26, 2007 | Washington Post

Keeping Weight Off Is the Hard Part, Study Confirms
The findings confirm what many scientists have been saying all along: Losing weight is easy. Keeping it off is another story. "If dieting worked, there would be a bunch of skinny people walking around," said obesity researcher Dr. David Katz, head of Yale University's Prevention Research Center, who did not participate in the latest study.
April 23, 2007 | Baltimore Sun | Washington Post

Cut Your Salt Use and Cut Your Risk of Heart Disease
Reducing the amount of salt in your diet can lower your risk of developing heart disease by 25 percent and the risk of dying from heart disease by 20 percent, researchers report.
April 19, 2007 | Forbes

To the Editor: Re "Lessons of Heart Disease, Learned and Ignored"
Early recognition of heart attack is a sadly limited approach to heart disease prevention. ... Most experts concur that routine application of what we already know about healthful lifestyle could reduce heart disease rates in the United States by 80 percent.
April 10, 2007 | The New York Times

It's Getting Easier To Go Organic
Dr. David Katz, contributor to O Magazine ... is a firm believer in the benefits of organic foods. "It's difficult to measure the harmful effects of things like pesticides, herbicides and hormones used in the production of non-organic food today, but all have the potential to damage your health in a number of ways," says Katz. Note: Dr Katz is not the author of the book mentioned in the article.
April 11, 2007 | The Birmingham News

Gum Could Put Sweet Cravings to Rest
A lozenge/gum called Sugarest temporarily numbs the sweet tooth, taking away the chewer's physiological ability to taste anything sweet for about 45 minutes. "What this is designed to do is, you chew the gum so when you eat the cake, you can't taste the sugar," said Dr. David Katz of Yale University's School of Public Health.
March 31, 2007 | ABC News

Study: Chocolate Improves Blood Vessel Function
"In this sample of healthy adults, dark chocolate ingestion over a short period of time was shown to significantly improve (blood vessel) function," said Dr. Valentine Yanchou Njike of Yale Prevention Research Center, a co-investigator of the study. The results, presented at the annual American College of Cardiology scientific meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, add to mounting evidence of the health benefits of dark chocolate.
March 26, 2006 | CNN | Reuters | WebMD

State Moves to Ban Trans-Fat
Connecticut legislators are proposing a bill to prohibit restaurants from cooking with trans-fats, which is said to be a major cause of several serious health problems. The impetus for the bill... stems from a recent report by Dr. David L. Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine, and founder and director of the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital, Derby.
March 22, 2007 | Bridgeport News

Living Well: Al Roker uses his media skills to fight childhood obesity
"Childhood Obesity: Danger Zone" will air March 31 at 9 p.m. It is the Food Network's first documentary. The show also features Yale physician David Katz, who created a Nutrition Detectives program that teaches kids how to scrutinize nutrition labels on packaged foods and be clear about how marketers are working to influence kids to buy junk food.
March 18, 2007 | Seattle Post Intelligencer

Americans Not Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies
National goals for a healthy diet are still not being met, CDC report shows. "The new CDC report indicates something we've long known, that fruits and vegetable intake is well below recommended levels," said Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine.
March 15, 2007 | Washington Post | HealthDay News

Web Site Tracks Healthy Dining Options
A new Web site,, allows consumers to locate restaurants and find meals with nutrition facts tailored to their dietary needs. "We are looking for specific menu items that meet healthy dining criteria," said David Katz, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center.
March 14, 2007 | United Press International

Atkins Leads in Food Fight
The controversial low-carb Atkins diet may have been the clear winner in a study comparing four popular diets - but don't expect Tuesday's findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association to end the long-running food fight over the best way to shed pounds. "You lose weight if you have cholera, too," said Dr. David Katz, director and co-founder of the Yale Prevention Research Center and a longtime critic of the Atkins diet. "You can't measure overall health by a few cardiac risk factors."
March 7, 2007 | The Hartford Courant

Is Atkins the Healthiest Choice for Weight Loss?
New research puts Atkins on top of three other popular diets, but study results carry little weight with experts.
March 6, 2007 | ABC News

Journal: Atkins Diet Works
Overweight women lost almost twice as much weight after a year on the controversial Atkins diet than when using three other popular weight loss plans, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported today.
March 6, 2007 | The Hartford Courant

Overeating is just too easy
Why are Americans getting so much fatter? Because they can, said nationally renowned nutrition expert Dr. David Katz. The easy availability of high-calorie, low-nutrition food has led to an explosion in obesity rates - along with diabetes and heart disease.
Feb. 28, 2007 | Detroit Free Press

State Weighs Ban on Trans-Fat
Dr. David Katz, one of several experts to present testimony on trans-fat Monday during a public hearing before the state legislature's Public Health Committee, said trans-fat is a poison that should be banned from restaurant use.
Feb. 27, 2007 | Danbury News Times

Connecticut May Ban Trans-Fats
Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University, endorsed the proposed law which would ban trans-fats. "We made a terrible mistake. The trans-fat we put into food to take saturated fat out, as a public health measure, is clearly far worse for us," said Dr. Katz.
Feb. 23, 2007 | WTNH - New Haven, Connecticut

A Sea of Dietary Troubles
"We are afloat in a sea of dietary troubles," keynote speaker Dr. David Katz of Yale University announced to a large audience. "For the first time in history, there are more overweight individuals on earth than those who are hungry."
Feb. 21, 2007 | Monterey County Herald

10 Irritating Habits of Smokers
"More than 10 percent of the total number of deaths that occur on this planet each year are attributable to tobacco and this is nothing less than appalling," according to Dr David Katz, an associate clinical professor of public health from Yale University School of Medicine.
Feb. 21, 2007 |

Study Says Fish Can Make Unborn Children Smarter
For years, pregnant women have been told to avoid eating certain types of fish because they may contain high levels of harmful mercury. But this new study claims eating fish can help boost the IQ of unborn babies.
Feb. 17, 2007 | ABC News

Holding our food obsession in check
Why are Americans getting so much fatter? The reason is simple, said nationally renowned nutrition expert Dr. David Katz: because they can.
Feb. 10, 2007 | Monterey County Herald

FDA OKs 1st Over-the-Counter Weight-Loss Drug
The drug, called alli (orlistat), is designed to be used only in tandem with a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet by overweight adults aged 18 and older. Overall, this drug is likely to be limited in the direct harm it causes, but also in the good it does, said Dr. David L. Katz, an associate professor of public health and director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine.
Feb. 7, 2007 | HealthDay

Not Afraid of the Dark
Eating 75 grams of dark chocolate a day lowers risk factors for heart attacks and strokes in overweight- but-otherwise-healthy adults, Dr. David Katz of Yale reports.
Feb. 06, 2007 | National Post

GOAT Snacks Face Skeptics
Muhammad Ali endorses the brand - the initials GOAT stand for Greatest of All Time, the boxer's motto - and it is being marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional snack food ...but experts at Yale warned against celebrity-endorsed products as a panacea for the obesity epidemic.
Jan. 30, 2007 | Yale Daily News

Living Near Freeways Hurts Kids' Lungs
Children growing up alongside freeways risk having their lung development impaired, which can increase the likelihood of serious respiratory diseases later in life, researchers report.
Jan. 26, 2007 | The Washington Post

Sanitation a Top Medical Milestone
If it were up to you to decide what has been the greatest medical advance of the past 150 years, what would you choose? That's exactly the challenge the prestigious British Medical Journal posed to a small group of experts and the many thousands of their readers, mostly doctors.
By David L. Katz MD
Jan. 18, 2007 | ABC News

A Raw Food Diet Is No Longer an Underground Trend
Eating closer to nature can be seen as beneficial because few proponents of a raw foods diet are going to be consuming junk food, explained David Katz, associate professor of public health at Yale.
Jan. 17, 2007 | The Roanoke Times

New Diet Suggests Limiting Flavors Could Do the Trick
We've all heard of low fat, low carb and high protein diets but one Yale doctor says it's having too many flavors in our meals that keeps us fat.
Jan. 9, 2007 | KSNW-TV Wichita, Kansas

Study Raises Questions about Weight-Loss Drugs
Millions of Americans take popular drugs to lose weight, but the long-term risks and benefits of these medications aren't known.
Jan. 5, 2007 | HealthDay

Drink Enviga, Burn Calories, Lose Weight? Not So Fast
But if dieters think guzzling can after can of Enviga will allow them to nibble on leftover holiday cookies and skip the gym for one last session in front of the Yule log, they may be stuck in their 2006 bodies well into 2007.
Jan. 3, 2007 | ABC News

China Restricts Adoption Policies
Rules Against Obese Parents Are Misguided, Discriminatory, and Shameful
- Opinion by David Katz, M.D., ABC News Medical Unit
Dec. 21, 2006 | ABC News

Fish Oil Supplements During Pregnancy Boost Kids' Hand-Eye Coordination
Toddlers whose mothers took fish oil supplements during pregnancy tended to have better hand-eye coordination than children whose mothers didn't take the supplements, a new study found.
Dec. 21, 2006 |

The Flavor Point Diet
We've all heard of low-fat, low-carbohydrate, and high-protein diets. But author and Yale professor David L. Katz, M.D., says too many flavors in one meal triggers your brain to want more food.
Dec. 17, 2006 | KFSN, Fresno, California

Kids With High IQs Grow Up to Be Vegetarians
As a child's IQ rises, his taste for meat in adulthood declines, a new study suggests. "The evidence linking vegetarianism to good health outcomes is very strong," said Dr. David L. Katz, the director of the Prevention Research Center and an associate professor of public health at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Dec. 15, 2006 |

For Arthritis of the Knee, Massage May Help
People who suffer from arthritis of the knee appear to gain lasting relief from a traditional course of Swedish massage, researchers report. The findings suggest that doctors may want to advise arthritis patients to add massage to the treatments they are already using.
Dec. 12, 2006 | The New York Times | | The Boston Globe

NY Doesn't Love Trans-Fats
New York on Tuesday became the first city in the nation to ban artery-clogging artificial trans-fats at restaurants, leading the charge to limit consumption of an ingredient linked to heart disease.
Dec. 5, 2006 | Dallas Morning News

Doctor Offers Holiday Eating Tips
The holidays are a minefield of calories, but preventing weight gain is not that hard. To navigate through the holiday season, Dr. David Katz of the Yale School of Medicine advises to go for quality, not quantity.
Dec. 4, 2006 | WRKN, Nashville, Tennessee

Foods To Fight Off The Flu
As millions of Americans line up to get their flu shots, did you know that what you eat may help your body fend off the flu? New research from Yale University said there actually is a recipe to better health during flu season.
Dec. 4, 2006 | WCCO, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Top 10 Holiday Diet Tips of All Time
Experts offer their top tips on handling holiday diet temptations.
Dec. 1, 2006 | WebMD

Chocolate Can Be Good For You
Put down that white chocolate, that milk chocolate, and feel the antioxidant forces of bittersweet chocolate.
Dec. 1, 2006 | News of Delaware County

Are Organic Foods Better for You?
More expensive organic choices may be nutritionally equal to their conventional counterparts.
Nov. 29, 2006 | ABC News

Too Many Flavors Could Keep You Fat
We have all heard of low fat, low carb and high protein diets. One Yale doctor says having too many flavors in our meals is keeping us fat.
Nov. 14, 2006 | WNDU, South Bend, Indiana

Desperately Seeking Slimness
A recent story about a 12-year-old turning to liposuction out of desperation to lose weight attracted nationwide attention. But the real story is about a society not nearly as desperate as it should be to confront the crisis, complications and origins of childhood obesity.
By Dr. David Katz, ABC News Medical Unit
Nov. 8, 2006 | ABC News

Nutrition, 2031: Dark Chocolate and Functional Foods
The ABC News Medical Unit asked doctors and medical experts in a wide variety of specialties about advancements in their fields in the next 25 years. The following is the future of nutrition.
By David L. Katz MD
Nov. 2, 2006 | ABC News

What to Do With All That Halloween Candy
Ration It, Hide It, and Don't Bring It to Work, Doctor Advises
Any child successful on Halloween night hauls in a lot more candy than they should polish off any time soon. My expertise on this topic comes less from medical school, and more from the fact that I have five kids!
By David L. Katz MD
Nov. 1, 2006 | ABC News

Compound in Red Wine Boosts Health of Obese Mice
In another study that suggests red wine may be good for your health, researchers found that old, obese mice that were fed a high-fat diet plus the compound resveratrol were healthier and lived longer than their counterparts that didn't get resveratrol.
Nov. 1, 2006 | HealthDay News - Forbes

Drop in Adult Smoking Rate Stalls
The number of adult smokers in the United States did not change from 2004 to 2005, suggesting that the decline in smoking over the past seven years has stalled, a new federal report found.
By Steven Reinberg
Oct. 26, 2006 | HealthDay News - CBC News

The worst fat
Trans-fats are linked to fatal ailments, but replacing them is costly; bans debated
By Naila Moreira, Correspondent
Oct. 23, 2006 | The Boston Globe

U.S. Hospital Outcomes Vary Widely
Before you check into a hospital, it may be wise to check out the hospital's quality.That's because treatment outcomes at U.S. hospitals vary widely, depending on which state, city or individual hospital provides the care, a new report finds.
Oct. 16, 2006 | HealthDay News - Forbes USA

Lead paint, cigarettes: Are trans-fats next?
New York City's Health Department wants to ban trans-fats from the menus of the city's restaurants.
By Gregory M. Lamb
Oct. 12, 2006 | The Christian Science Monitor

Exercise Alone Won't Prevent Childhood Obesity
Physically active preschoolers are on to a good thing, but exercise alone won't keep obesity at bay as they get older, British researchers report.
Oct. 5, 2006 | HealthDay News - Forbes USA

Weight-Loss Drug Falls Flat
A once promising weight-loss drug that produced encouraging results in animal studies has failed to deliver in a real-world trial of humans and will be shelved, the pharmaceutical firm Merck & Co. announced Tuesday.
Oct. 3, 2006 | HealthDay News - Forbes USA

One-Third of U.S. Kids Are Unfit
As many as one-third of American children aren't physically fit, a new study found.
Oct. 2, 2006 | HealthDay News - Forbes USA

Nutrition Labels Confuse Consumers
Many people don't have the reading and math skills to correctly interpret the nutrition labels on food packages, a new study finds.
Sept. 26, 2006 | HealthDay News - Food Consumer - Lisle, IL, USA

Shopping Online Could Be the Healthy Choice
Study Finds People More Likely to Choose Low-Fat Alternatives When Guided on Internet
By Siri Nilsson
Sept. 22, 2006 | ABC News

Raising another man's child?
Calling it a Pandora's Box with broad health implications, British researchers say genetic testing is informing about 4 percent of fathers that a child they are raising is not their own.
Sept. 19, 2006 |

Benefits of calcium supplements in healthy children questioned
Calcium supplements given to healthy children confer very little health benefits, according to Australian researchers reporting in the September 16 edition of the British Medical Journal.
By Jack Myers
Sept. 15, 2006 | Earth Times

Supplemental Calcium Alone May Not Benefit Children's Bones
Calcium may not be as effective as once thought in improving bone mineral density (BMD) in children or later in life among people given calcium as children, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.
Sept. 15, 2006 | Natural Products Industry Insider, Hobart, Tasmania

Kids Don't Benefit From Calcium Supplementation
While calcium supplements have been touted to prevent broken bones in adults, providing them to children may not help prevent fractures as they age, Australian researchers report.
Sept. 15, 2006 | HealthDay News | Forbes - USA

Childhood obesity escalating
While there's more recognition of the obesity epidemic plaguing American children and many new programmes to fight it, the effectiveness of these efforts is not clear, a new federal report warns.
Sept. 14, 2006 |

Progress Slow in Fight Against Childhood Obesity
While there's more recognition of the obesity epidemic plaguing American children and many new programs to fight it, the effectiveness of these efforts is not clear, a new federal report warns.
Sept. 13, 2006 | HealthDay News | Forbes - USA

US Life Expectancy Tied to Race and Place
While Americans are living longer than ever before, the length of your life just might depend on where you reside and what racial group you belong to, researchers say.
Sept. 11, 2006 | HealthDay News | Forbes - USA

Supermarket Rates Foods' Nutritional Value
System Aims to Help Shoppers Make Healthy Choices
By Elisabeth Leamy
Sept. 7, 2006 | ABC News

Baby Fat Predicts Obesity in Pre-Teens
So-called "baby fat" in young children could be a predictor of weight problems much later on, researchers say.
Sept. 5, 2006 | HealthDay News | Forbes - USA

Children's Allergies Increasing Worldwide
The number of children with allergies and asthma is increasing worldwide, especially among the youngest, researchers report.
Aug. 25, 2006 | HealthDay News

Obesity Can Kill You Early
A new study has found obese people to be at two to three times the risk of dying early as compared to people with normal weight.
Aug. 23, 2006 |

Schools Should Boost Kids' Daily Exercise
Citing "alarming health trends" on kids' obesity, the American Heart Association (AHA) is calling on schools to aggressively promote physical education throughout the academic day.
Aug. 17, 2006 | HealthDay News

US babies getting fatter
American babies carry more "baby fat" now than ever before, a new study finds. Researchers say infants are 59 percent more likely to be overweight today than they were two decades ago.
Aug. 10, 2006

Unsafe Gun Storage Endangering Teens
Parents with small children usually store firearms safely enough in the home, but that's not always the case when their kids are teens, U.S. researchers report.
Aug. 9, 2006 | HealthDay News

Healthier kitchen, happier you
Are your countertops clutter-free? Do you know how long you've had everything in your refrigerator and pantry? Are healthy snacks in plain view? If you answered no to any of these questions - and most of us will - your kitchen is in need of a fitness makeover. Your health depends on it.
By Carolyn O'Neil
July 26, 2006 | Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, GA

Are You Addicted To Food?
For decades, food-industry scientists have been working hard to figure out how better to hook people, claims David L. Katz, MD.
By Daryn Eller
July 20, 2006 | The Ledger - Lakeland, FL

Kids Need More Exercise to Stave Off Future Heart Trouble
Kids have energy to burn, and experts currently recommend that children get an hour per day of exercise to help ward off heart trouble as adults. But a new study suggests more activity may be needed.
July 20, 2006 | HealthDay News - Forbes

Beans, nuts and seeds meet the need for protein handily
When it comes to protein, there are lots of choices besides meat, fish and poultry.
By Lisa Ryckman
July 18, 2006 | Rocky Mountain News - Denver, CO

Adolescent Obesity Linked to Premature Death
Teenage girls who are obese run a three-fold greater risk of premature death in middle age, according to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
July 17, 2006 | HealthDay News - Forbes

Goji: Health Elixir or Pricey Juice?
Nutritionist believes he has discovered an anti-aging secret in the juice of a tiny, red berry called goji.
July 14, 2006 | KLTV - Tyler, TX

Goji juice touted as fountain of youth
Goji, a tiny red berry known to Chinese herbalists for thousands of years, has become the newest craze in man's quest for the mythical fountain of youth.
July 14, 2006 | United Press International (UPI) - Beijing

Smoking Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Poorer Men
Poorer, less-educated men are more than twice as likely to die as their wealthier, better-educated counterparts, and smoking is to blame for more than half the difference in those mortality rates.
July 13, 2006 | HealthDay News - Forbes

Foodies' Calendar
Happy diet: David L. Katz, who created the Flavor Point Diet, will teach a dinner seminar at 6:30 pm July 20 at Fort Worth Central Market.
By June Naylor
July 12, 2006 | Fort Worth Star Telegram - Fort Worth, TX

Add super poison ivy to the rash of likely global warming woes
The adage "leaves of three; let it be" might become increasingly harder to live by if, as one scientist suggests, global warming produces more abundant and more potent poison ivy. ... Dr. David L. Katz, an associate professor of public health at Yale University, said several aspects of Mohan's findings are troubling.
By Aaron Gouveia, Staff Writer
July 11, 2006 | Cape Cod Times - Hyannis, MA

Do 'Cheat Days' Help Dieters Lose Weight?
"Eating every day should be about health, enjoyment and conducive to weight control," said David L. Katz, an associate public health professor at Yale.
By Dru Sefton
June 30, 2006 | Newhouse News Service

MyCokeRewards Contest Impossible To Win Without Dying First
... To answer this question, Julia asked Dr. David L. Katz (who has chided me at my blog before) about what would happen to the human body if that much Coke and/or ...
By Jimmy Moore
June 25, 2006 | The Common Voice - Greenville, SC

Is Coca Cola guilty of deceptive advertising and violation of the FTC's contest rules!?
... This answer from the most respected man in health care, Dr. David L. Katz of Yale, O' Magazine, and The Way to Eat and The Favor Point Diet ...
By Julia Havey
June 24, 2006 | The Common Voice - Greenville, SC

Lose Weight, Gain Tons of Benefits
Taking off just 10% of your body weight can have a big impact on your health.
By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD
June 23, 2006 | WebMD

Late-Life Job Loss Raises Heart Attack Risk
For older workers, a pink slip can be a red flag for increased cardiovascular risk.
June 21, 2006 | HealthDay News -

What Is in Your Energy Drink?
Dr. David Katz Says Energy Drinks Can Hurt More Than Help
Energy drinks may not be the healthiest thirst quenchers in the hot summer months.
June 20, 2006 | ABC News

Food-Allergic Teens Taking Dangerous Risks
Many teens with food allergies are gambling with their lives by not carrying their medications with them and by eating foods they know can be risky, researchers report.
June 16, 2006 | HealthDay News -

Clarifying Common Nutrition Terms
We see and hear these nutrition catchphrases all the time, yet we rarely know exactly what they mean. Here are the definitions of a few common terms that can guide you on the highway to health.
By Charles Stuart Platkin
June 16, 2006 | WBAY-TV Green Bay, WI

The 3 biggest contributors to the Overweight & Obesity epidemic
Everywhere in the world, the richest people build the biggest homes, but as the world's wealthiest nation, the United States is also building the biggest bodies. It's hardly cause for patriotic pride.
By Julia Havey
June 14, 2006 | The Common Voice - Greenville, SC

One-Third of US Adults Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic
The number of Americans diagnosed with type 2 diabetes has now topped 19 million, and a new study says a third of adults with the disease don't even know they have it.
By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter
May 26, 2006 | KPHO-TV Phoenix, AZ

Many Ex-NFL Linemen at Risk for Heart Disease
Fifty percent of retired National Football League linemen have metabolic syndrome, and they are 50 percent more likely to have an enlarged heart than retired non-linemen, two new studies show.
By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter
June 5, 2006 | CBC News - Canada

Many Doctors Aren't Treating Diabetes Aggressively Enough
Doctors are failing to intensify treatment in people with type 2 diabetes who have high blood pressure or high blood sugar levels, according to four new reports.
By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter
June 10, 2006 | Food Consumer - Lisle, IL

More than 73 million Americans have diabetes or will soon: study
Over 73 million Americans are either suffering from diabetes or have the precursor to the life-altering disease, a study by researchers from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said.
By Jack Myers
May 28, 2006 | - USA

KFC Sued for Fattening Menu
Group Says High Levels of Trans Fat is Harming Consumers' Health
By Bharathi Radhakrishnan
June 13, 2006 | ABC News Medical Unit

Need to increase your appetite?
ABC news medical contributor and leading integrative cancer care expert offer seven easy to follow tips
June 12, 2006 | Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care

Mississippi Governor Aims for Healthier State
... Dr. David Katz, one of the speakers for the summit, said obesity is prevalent in Mississippi because it has more poverty to contend with than other states.
June 11, 2006 | Seattle Post Intelligencer

Many Doctors Aren't Treating Diabetes Aggressively Enough
"There are generally two great challenges in medical practice -- dealing with what we don't know, and applying what we do," said Dr. David L. Katz, an associate professor of public health and director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine.
June 10, 2006 | KLAS-TV - Las Vegas, NV

Obesity Surgery Increases by 600 Percent
Safer Techniques, More Insurance Coverage and Celebrity Patients Make It More Appealing
May 31, 2006 | ABC News

Experts: Buyers Beware of 'Gastric Bypass' Pill
Most of Its Ingredients Have Nothing to Do With Weight Loss, Some Say
May 27, 2006 | ABC News

Can Botox Cure Depression?
A Small Study Found Botox Helped Nine of 10 Depressed Women
May 25, 2006 | ABC News

Lose Weight in Your Sleep
Experts Say Eight Hours of Sleep Can Help Shed Pounds
April 25, 2006 | ABC News

Satiety: The New Diet Weapon
Losing weight "for good" may be about creatively managing hunger.
By Leanna Skarnulis
March 30, 2006 | Fox News

Can a Flavor a Day Keep the Pounds Away?
A new diet book offers a unique way to stop overeating and start losing weight - but does it work?
By Anne Underwood | Newsweek
March 28, 2006 | MSNBC

The Flavor Point Diet
'GMA' Contributor Dr. David Katz Offers a New Weight-Loss Plan
Jan. 10, 2006 | ABC News

Recipes from 'Flavor Point Diet': Day 15
This Day Is Based on the Apple Flavor
Jan. 10, 2006 | ABC News

Recipes from 'Flavor Point Diet': Day 7
This Day Is Based on the Apple Flavor
Jan. 10, 2006 | ABC News

Surviving Christmas Eve
Tips on Shopping, Wrapping and Snacking
Dec. 23, 2005 | ABC News

Study Finds Hangover 'Cures' Aren't
The researchers' sober advice: drink moderately.
By Steven Reinberg | HealthDay Reporter
Dec. 23, 2005 | ABC News

Moderate Drinking May Lower Obesity Risk
But too much alcohol can pack on pounds, study finds.
By Steven Reinberg | HealthDay Reporter
Dec. 5, 2005 | ABC News

The Fat Factor
Motivation, Inspiration and Breakthroughs in Battling the Bulge
Nov. 24, 2005 | ABC News

Hormone Could Aid Weight Loss
Rats Slimmed Down with Obestatin
Nov. 12, 2005 | ABC News

'GMA' Family Members Reminisce
Read About Some of the Show's Most Memorable Moments
Charlie Gibson, "GMA" anchor
Nov. 11, 2005 | ABC News

Dr. David Katz (Bio)
ABC News Medical Contributor
Nov. 11, 2005 | ABC News

Are Celebrity Moms Losing Too Much Weight Too Fast?
Dr. David Katz Talks About Getting Back in Shape After Giving Birth
Oct. 25, 2005 | ABC News

Modern-Day Search for the Fountain of Youth
Are Some 'Advances' Modern Snake Oil When It Comes to Living Longer?
By Jonann Brady
Oct. 23, 2005 | ABC News

Forget Diet Pills, Try Oatmeal
Certain Foods Work Better Than Diet Pills
Oct. 22, 2005 | ABC News

Eating Dirt: It Might Be Good for You
Experts Claim the Habit of Eating Clay May Be Beneficial for Pregnant Women
By Marc Lallanilla
Oct. 3, 2005 | ABC News

Poor Have Difficulty Eating Healthy Foods
Scientists, Doctors and Government Officials Trying to Find Ways to Help the Poor Eat Better
By Donna Gordon | The Associated Press
Sept. 27, 2005 | ABC News

Dr. Katz Answers Your Diet Questions
Emotional Eating; Healthy Dinners
Sept. 21, 2005 | ABC News

Study: Seven Styles of Eating Can Lead to Obesity
New Study Identifies Patterns that May Make You Overeat
Sept. 20, 2005 | ABC News

Dr. Katz on the Latest Medical News
Headaches, Smoking, Plan B
Sept. 10, 2005 | ABC News

Town Meeting: Hurricane Katrina, Part II
Tough Questions: Straight Answers
Sept. 9, 2005 | ABC News

Town Meeting: Health
Tough Questions, Straight Answers
Sept. 9, 2005 | ABC News

Local Health Agencies Faulted on Bioterror Response Times
Rand test found some staffers ignored calls or gave poor advice when alerted to a potential public health threat.
By Steven Reinberg | HealthDay Reporter
Aug. 30, 2005 | ABC News

'Fountain of Youth' Hormone Found in Mice
Klotho Gene Eventually Might Lengthen Human Life, Too -- But There Are Concerns
Aug. 27, 2005 | ABC News

Sports Drinks: Winners and Losers
Dr. David Katz Says Unless You're an Elite Athlete, You Don't Need the Extra Calories
July 25, 2005 | ABC News

Doctor Offers Advice to Severely Overweight Child
Expert Looks Through a Family's Fridge to Show How to Make Better Food Choices
May 24, 2005 | ABC News

Sports Drinks: Who Needs Them?
Doctors Question Added Calories and Sugar Most Consumers Don't Need
By Marc Lallanilla
April 19, 2005 | ABC News

Splenda and Sugar Face Off
Dr. David Katz Offers Tips for Cutting Calories Naturally
Feb. 15, 2005 | ABC News

Does Chocolate Qualify as a Health Food?
The Marketing, Myths and Medicine Behind the Claims That Chocolate Is Good for You
Dec. 12, 2004 | ABC News