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“Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits, and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.”

U.S. Surgeon General,
Richard Carmona,
March 2004

Presenters


  • Ahmed, Serge H., Ph.D., Scientist, University of Bordeaux, France. More information...
     
  • Blass, Elliott M., Ph.D.,Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Massachusetts, a Research Professor in Pediatrics at The Boston University School of Medicine. More information...

  • Brownell, Kelly, Ph.D., Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Professor of Psychology, Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University. More information...
     
  • Epel, Elissa, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, and founding Co-Director of the UCSF Center for Obesity Assessment and Treatment. More infomation...

  • Gold, Mark, MD, Distinguished Professor at the University of Florida, College of Medicine’s Brain Institute and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry. More information...


  • Grimm, Jeffrey, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Psychology department at Western Washington University and a member of the faculty in the Program in Behavioral Neuroscience. More information...


  • Hoebel, Bart, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Princeton University. More information...


  • Richard J Johnson, M.D., F.A.C.P. Chief of the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the University of Colorado. More information...

  • Lavizzo-Mourey, Risa, M.D., M.B.A, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More information...

  • Leibowitz, Sarah F., Ph.D. Associate Professor at the Laboratory of Behavioral Neurobiology at Rockefeller University. More information...

  • Noble, Ernest P., MD, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Emeritus Director of the Alcohol Research Center Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at the UCLA School of Medicine. More information...

  • Sanders-Butler, Yvonne, ED, Ph.D., Principal, Browns Mill Elementary. More information...

  • Sheppard, Kay, MA, LMHC, CEDS, Addiction Treatment Clinician; a licensed mental health counselor and certified eating disorders specialist. More information...

  • Stice, Eric, Ph.D. , Senior Research Scientist at Oregon Research Institute. More information...

  • Wang, Gene-Jack, MD, Chairman of the Brookhaven National Laboratory Medical Department. More information...

  • Human Interest Panel (Friday night)

     

    Facilitator Patricia Gras, PBS–Houston producer and Emmy Award Winner, has produced the first PBS coverage of food addiction on her show "Living Smart.” Patricia will interview Connie Bennett and Joan Ifland.

    Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C., is a journalist, former food addict, sugar-awareness expert and the author of Sugar Shock: How Sweets and Simple Cards Can Derail Your Life- And How You Can Get back On Track. She has an international on line KickSugarsupport group and a weekly radio show.

    Joan Ifland, PhD (cand.), MBA is the Founder and Chair of Refined Food Addiction (ReFA) Research Foundation. She is also the author of Sugars and Flours: How They Make Us crazy, Sick and Fat and has been teaching professional and lay audiences about food addiction since 1996.