Diabesity: Harvard Docs

Watch full interviews with the four co-staring doctors from The Harvard Medical School

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DAVID LUDWIG, MD, PHD

Endocrinologist & Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health

Author of Always Hungry?: Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently and Always Delicious , two books that inspired several of the Diabesity success stories





Dr. Ludwig is co-director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center. His research focuses on the effects of diet on hormones, metabolism and body weight. He developed a novel “low glycemic load” diet (i.e., one that decreases the surge in blood sugar after meals) for the treatment of obesity-related diseases. In addition, his group has done some of the original studies linking sugar-sweetened beverages and fast food to excessive weight gain, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Dr Ludwig founded the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at Children’s Hospital, one of the country’s oldest and largest multidisciplinary clinics for the care of overweight children. OWL serves as a home for research into innovative approaches to treatment childhood obesity.

Dr. Ludwig is Principal Investigator on numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, has published over 150 scientific articles, and served for 10 years as Contributing Writer for JAMA.

Dr. Ludwig has written 3 books for the public, including Ending the Food fight (2007), Always Hungry? (2016) and the cookbook Always Delicious (2018)

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KIRSTEN DAVISON, PHD

Associate Professor of Nutrition, Harvard Medical School



My research primarily focuses on family- and community-level factors that influence children’s lifestyle behaviors (diet, physical activity, screen-based activities) and risk of obesity.  Key topics that I have researched to date include familial clustering of risk behaviors linked with accelerated weight gain in children, psychosocial consequences of obesity in children, parenting strategies that promote active lifestyles in children, and developmental and contextual factors that explain declines in adolescent girls’ physical activity.  More recently, my work has focused on the development and evaluation of family-centered interventions for obesity prevention in low-income children, including children enrolled in WIC and Head Start. A primary emphasis of these programs is the need to consider the family unit as a whole and address factors beyond the family (e.g., community resources, media factors) that impact on intrafamilial interactions around healthy lifestyles.

A secondary focus of my work is the development and application of conceptual models that foster a stronger understanding of the contextual, developmental and behavioral origins of obesity in children and adolescents.  Examples include the Ecological Model of Childhood Obesity (Davison & Birch 2001), the Family Ecological Model (Davison & Campell, 2005) and the Family Action-based Model of Intervention Layout and Implementation (FAMILI)) (Davison, Lawson, & Coatsworth, in press).

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JOANN MANSON, MD, DRPH

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School & Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital



JoAnn Manson, MD, DrPH, is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the Harvard School of Public Health. She is also a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Manson earned her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and her doctorate in public health at Harvard School of Public Health. Her research interests include the prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus and its cardiovascular complications and biochemical and genetic markers for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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JOHN RATEY, MD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School



Best selling author, John J. Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, and 11 books published in 17 languages, including the groundbreaking ADD-ADHD “Driven to Distraction” series with Ned Hallowell, MD. With the publication of “Spark-The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,” Dr. Ratey has established himself as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection. His most recent book, “Go Wild” explores how we can achieve optimal physical and mental health by getting in touch with our caveman roots, and how we can “re-wild” our lives.

Recognized by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America since 1997, Dr. Ratey was recently honored by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society as “Outstanding Psychiatrist of the Year” for advancing the field. Dr. Ratey and his work are frequently profiled in the media, where he’s been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and NPR, as well as in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post, US News and World Report, Men’s Health, and other national publications.

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