Keynote Lecture Will Tackle Controversies about Diet, Health

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David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP

This morning’s keynote speaker has made it his mission to educate the human race about the important role of nutrition in health. David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, Founding Director (1998) of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center and President, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, will bring his message to AADE17’s attendees at 7:30 am today in Exhibit Hall F.

His lecture “Knowing What to Eat, Refusing to Swallow It” will look closely at the body of evidence relating dietary pattern to human health and make the case that we are not clueless about the basic care and feeding of our species.

“Our problem is not want of knowledge about the basic care and feeding of Homo sapiens. Our problem is a stunning and tragically costly cultural reluctance — to swallow it,” he said in a blog post on HuffPost.

Endless debate about the details of optimal diets, and an insatiable pop culture fascination with scapegoats and silver bullets- distract us from the well-known fundamentals of healthful eating, and forestall the stunning advances in public health that would ensue were we to turn what we know into what we do. Dr. Katz will cover some of the most salient controversies about diet and health, and will demonstrate that past the din and discord, there is an evidence-based, consensus-based set of reliable principles we know full well – but can’t get people to swallow. He will then propose solutions to this problem.

He hopes to increase knowledge of current health-related events, identify ways to turn the tide on the epidemic of obesity, and help diabetes educators apply the skills of detecting marketing deceptions while learning to teach clients to identify and choose healthful foods.

Dr. Katz has published roughly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters, and 15 books to date, including multiple editions of leading textbooks in both preventive medicine, and nutrition. Recognized globally for expertise in nutrition, weight management and the prevention of chronic disease, he has a social media following of well over half a million.

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