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," www.prevention.com, June 2013
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:
Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona
Editorial Director, DrWeil.com
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