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President's Speaker Series // Gerald & Sally DeNardo Lectureship: David A. Kessler -- The End of Overeating
Arts and Sciences, College of - Dean's Office; Office of Marketing and Communications ; President's Office; SCU Presents
On a given day, it?s a question that we ask ourselves more than any other, and how we answer affects everything from our lifespan to our mood. What should I eat? For many Americans, a growing number of health problems can be traced back to obesity and being overweight. Dr. David Kessler has long been an advocate for public health, and in The End of Overeating he uncovers the origins of the obesity epidemic and explains how we can take control of our eating.
Dr. Kessler served as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In this role he introduced the Nutrition Facts food labels and led the FDA?s investigation of the tobacco industry and tobacco products. The FDA's regulations, after being overturned by the Supreme Court, were enacted in total by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. In 2008, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health awarded Dr. Kessler the Public Health Hero award for his ?leadership and courage in challenging the U. S. tobacco industry.?
He chronicled his battles with the tobacco industry in his book A Question of Intent: A Great American Battle with a Deadly Industry. In his most recent book, The New York Times best-selling The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, Dr. Kessler explains how the impact of food industry marketing and our brain chemistry have affected the eating habits of millions of Americans.
Dr. Kessler is a pediatrician and has been the dean of the medical schools at Yale and the University of California, San Francisco. He is a graduate of Amherst College, the University of Chicago Law School, and Harvard Medical School. Currently Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UC San Francisco, Dr. Kessler is the father of two and lives with his wife in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Tickets are $25 for individual events or $40 for the complete series; tickets for staff, faculty, and Osher members are $20 each or $30 for the series. SCU student tickets are free, but seating is limited.
Tickets are available for purchase at http://www.scu.edu/visitors/speakerseries/2013/kessler.cfm.