Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Evaluation, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy, and Vice Chair of Radiology at Indiana University
Con to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"
"When we meet obese people, should we cast them a knowing glance of concern and ask how they are doing? Should we send flowers and 'get well soon' cards to obese family members and friends?...
If obesity truly is a disease, then over 78 million adults and 12 million children in America just got classified as sick... Everyone has friends and acquaintances who now qualify as diseased.
Yet many sensible people, from physicians to philosophers, know that declaring obesity a disease is a mistake. Simply put, obesity is not a disease. To be sure, it is a risk factor for some diseases. But it would be as false to say that everyone who is obese is sick as to say that every normal-weight person is well."
"Is Obesity Really a Disease?," www.theatlantic.com, June 24, 2013
Experts Individuals with MDs; individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to obesity and health; top-level federal government officials with significant involvement in obesity-related health issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Evaluation, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy, Indiana University
Vice Chair of Radiology, Indiana University
Fellow, Tobias Center for Leadership and Excellence
Member, Board of Governors, Institute for Advanced Study
Board Member, Kinsey Institute
Board Member, Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society
Faculty President Elect, Indiana University School of Medicine
Correspondent, The Atlantic, 2012-present
Recipient, Radiological Society of North America Outstanding Educator, 2011
Recipient, Outstanding Professor in Clinical Sciences, Indiana University School of Medicine, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011