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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

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?