Follow-Up

A new center to fight obesity

A decade ago, when Kelly D. Brownell, Ph.D., first started attracting national attention, his critics called him a “wacko,” a “food fascist” and the “grand poobah of the anti-consumer movement.” His crime? Accusing the food industry of creating a “toxic food environment” resulting in an “obesity epidemic” (See “Fighting the Good Food Fight,” Winter 2004). Three years ago he outlined the problem and proposed solutions in Food Fight, written with Katherine Battle Horgen, Ph.D.His goal since then has been to “change the world’s diet,” he said. “It took a long time to take the first few steps, but now things are starting to happen quickly.”One of those advances is Yale’s new Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity,...

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