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HOW to Eat Well

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

To get to the relevance of "how," we must overcome the spurious debates about "what." You certainly can't get there from here if you can't acknowledge where "there" is. We do know, but our culture needs to admit that we know. The profitable market for pixie dust needs to disappear.

Childhood Obesity: Have We Turned the Tide?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The headline in the New York Times, was: "Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43 Percent in a Decade." This, and similarly effusive headlines reverberating throughout the news media, would seem to invite the question: have we, in fact, turned the tide? Is the mission accomplished?

Uncomplicating Matters on the Way to Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Getting to health doesn't need to be all that complicated. And it also doesn't need to be about "should." Don't pursue health because it's an obligation, or because someone says you should. Pursue health because health is a currency you can spend on living better.

Skin in the Game

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
David Katz, M.D.

Knowledge could be power. A way to health -- for us, and our kids -- could be allied to the will we have for it. But only if we come together, and do something.

Media, Message, and Motive: Why 'Why' Matters

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

These are the facts. The video is a public health offering, pure and simple. No one makes money from it. And it features several tweens and teens who are themselves beneficiaries of healthy living, who donated time and effort and talent to paying it forward.

What Is Processed Food Doing To You?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Anyone living and eating in the modern world, and paying even a little attention, knows that we are a very long way from eating food, not too much, mostly plants. Not only does our food come mostly in bags, boxes, bottles, jars and cans -- but mostly, it isn't really food.

Plain English About Ounces, Pounds, Dollars and Sense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.19.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The way we respond to obesity and related chronic disease in the U.S. is like waiting to send every adult to night school to learn English -- painfully, poorly, expensively, and late -- rather than having them grow up speaking fluently all along.

Unjunking Ourselves!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We are, no doubt, all familiar with the expression "you are what you eat," but given how most of us eat, it's quite clear we don't take it very seriously.

The Problem With Our Approach To The Obesity Epidemic

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.19.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Fundamentally, we have converted a world in which calories were relatively scarce and hard to get and physical activity unavoidable into a world where physical activity is scarce and hard to get and calories are unavoidable.

A New Kind Of Epidemic: FUN!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.21.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Up to a point, we professionals are quite right to note how hard getting to health can be through the obstacle course of the modern day -- for adults and children alike. But there is another story to tell about health, and it is fun. It's all about fun.

Public Health In 2012: A Wish List

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.01.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The unnecessary death of good ideas -- and of people -- is much on my mind as the new year looms, with its promise of fresh starts. For far too long already, a failure to turn what we know into what we do has cost us dearly.

What Do We Really Know About Health?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Knowledge is not power. Where there's a will, there may or may not be a way. And fitness must be made to fit. Some truths are, indeed, self-evident -- others require a bit of cultivation.