Good Diet, Good Health

Science for the Public: Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
October 08, 2020 Zoom recording by Belmont Media Center, Belmont MA

Walter C. Willett, M.D., Dr. P.H., Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

The typical American diet can be considered a health threat. The combination of processed food, excess red meat, high salt and excess sugar are associated with the high incidence of obesity, diabetes-2, heart disease, certain cancers, and other diseases. But there is a solution.

Dr. Willett is the most cited nutritionist internationally. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of many national and international awards for his research. Included in his many famous research projects are the Nurses’ Health Studies I and II and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Together, these cohorts have involved nearly 300,000 men and women with repeated dietary assessments, providing the most detailed information on the long-term health consequences of food choices. Dr. Willett discusses how diet directly affects health, and how people can avoid the numerous diseases associated with harmful diet. He also talks about his best-selling book Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy. And he explains how misinformation about diet and health must be addressed by professionals.