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Andrew Weil, MD Biography

Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona
Con to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"

“I do not consider obesity a disease. It is a condition, which may be associated with increased risk of certain diseases. It is possible to be obese and healthy, if one eats a balanced diet, gets regular physical activity, attends to other aspects of lifestyle that influence health, and makes use of appropriate preventive medical services.”

Statement to Prevention Magazine, “Is Obesity a Disease? Prevention Experts Weigh In,”, June 2013

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs or PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to obesity and health. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to obesity and health.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona
  • Editorial Director,
  • Founder and Chairman, Weil Foundation
  • Columnist, Prevention Magazine
  • Lovell-Jones Endowed Chair, Integrative Rheumatology, University of Arizona
  • Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona
  • Professor of Public Health, University of Arizona
  • Former Director of Integrative Health, Miraval Life in Balance Resort
  • Guest, TV shows including Larry King Live, Oprah, Dr. Oz Show, and Today Show
  • Research Staff Member, Harvard Botanical Museum, 1971-1984
  • Fellow, Institute of Current World Affairs, 1971-1975
  • Former employee, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Former Medical Intern, Mt. Zion Hospital
  • MD, Harvard Medical School, 1968
  • AB, Biology (Botany), Harvard University, 1964
  • Born in 1942 in Philadephia, PA
  • Lives in Tucson, AZ
  • Twitter handle is @DrWeil
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Pro & Con Quotes: Is Obesity a Disease?