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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

Food Addiction:

The Obesity Epidemic Connection
Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 26, 2009
IslandWood, Bainbridge Island, WA


Archived videos of some of the presenters are available on the Agenda page.


This 2009 Summit:

  • Showcased the latest scientific evidence supporting the concept of sugar, fat and refined food addiction and its connection to the worldwide obesity epidemic.

  • Featured scientists, researchers, healthcare clinicians and public policy professionals who will provide current knowledge and awareness of refined food addiction and the impact it has on our obesity epidemic.

  • Presented the latest scientific research related to food addiction in an effort to raise awareness about the potential for sugar, fat and refined foods to be as addictive as alcohol and tobacco, thus confirming their influence on the obesity epidemic and increasing health problems in our country.

    Who attended:

    Scientists, researchers, health care clinicians, eating disorder specialists, public policy professionals, educators and philanthropists working in the field of obesity and food addiction.

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