Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Texas A&M Health Science Center
Pro to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"
"Contrary to just being a medical condition or risk factor for other diseases, obesity is a complex disease of multifaceted aetiology, with its own disabling capacities, pathophysiologies and comorbidities. It meets the medical definition of disease in that it is a physiological dysfunction of the human organism with environmental, genetic and endocrinological aetiologies. It is a response to environmental stimuli, genetic predisposition and abnormalities, and has a characteristic set of signs and symptoms with consistent anatomical alterations. Excess adipose tissue increases the work of the heart and leads to anatomical changes in this organ. It alters pulmonary, endocrine and immunological functions, all with adverse effects on health. Some of the complications of obesity include cardiovascular disease, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, obstructive pulmonary disease, arthritis and cancer. Given the excess mortality, substantial morbidity and the economic toll of obesity, this is a disease that warrants serious attention by the medical community."
"Obesity as a Disease: No Lightweight Matter," Obesity Reviews, May 2004
Experts 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:
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 1997-present
Member, American College of Epidemiology
Member, Society for Epidemiologic Research
Member, American Public Health Association
Awarded Outstanding Faculty Member in the Area of Education, School of Public Health University of North Texas Health Science Center, 2004
Awarded Outstanding Faculty Advisor, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 2003
Director, Sponsored Research, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 1999-2001
Associate Director, Institute for Public Health Research, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 1999-2001
Director, PhD Public Health/Preventive Medicine Program, Public Health Program, Department of Public Health/Preventive Medicine, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 1997-2000
Director, Student Affairs and Research, Public Health/Preventive Medicine, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 1997-Sep. 1999
PhD, Epidemiology, University of Texas School of Public Health, 1990
MPH, Disease Control, University of Texas School of Public Health, 1982
BS, Biology, Southern University Baton Rouge, 1975