Dr William Dietz of the CDC is launching CDC LEANWorks in direct response to organizations asking CDC for help in addressing the obesity epidemic. Dr. Dietz said, “CDC has identified science-based interventions that work to prevent and control obesity. CDC LEANWorks! provides the tools that employers need to take action.”
Dr. Bill Dietz just completed a study where he shows obesity has leveled off for the last 10 years. He wants to encourage family women in particular to look into the food they buy, how they prepare it and when they serve it. Families must work as a complete unit to fight off obesity. The skinny kid gets the exact same treatment as the obese kid.
There is, however, one exception to the obesity study. CDC epidemiologist Dr. Cynthia Ogden says the heaviest boys are getting even heavier. Data showed an increase in obesity prevalence among boys ages 6 to 19 who were considered obese and at the very heaviest weight levels.
Dr. William H. Dietz, PhD, is the Director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the CDC. Prior to his appointment to the CDC, he was a Professor of Pediatrics at the Tuft′s University School of Medicine, and Director of Clinical Nutrition at the Floating Hospital of New England Medical Center Hospitals. He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970 and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a recipient of the Holroyd-Sherry award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his contributions to the field of children and the media, and the recipient of the 2006 Nutrition Research award from the AAP for outstanding research in pediatric nutrition.