Letters from the Director Archive

January 2022 Letter from the Director

Policy Initiatives to Address Weight Discrimination in Adults and Children

As we begin 2022, it remains legal almost everywhere in the US to discriminate against people because of their body weight.

December 2021 Letter from the Director

The Connection Between Ultra-Processed Foods and Endocrine Disruptors

In this month's newsletter, we examine the relationship between ultra-processed foods and endocrine disrupting chemicals.

November 2021 Letter from the Director

AI/ANs: Obesity, Food Systems, and the Pursuit of Health Equity

November is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

October 2021 Letter from the Director

Fen-Phen and Medication Mistrust

Despite the promise of increasingly effective pharmacotherapy for obesity, the rate of prescriptions for weight-loss medications in the US is surprisingly low.

September 2021 Letter from the Director

Childhood Obesity

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

August 2021 Letter from the Director

The Syndemic of COVID-19, Obesity, and Food Insecurity

This month's newsletter is written by guest author Sydney Pryor. 

July 2021

COVID-19 and Obesity

We can begin to take stock of the effects that obesity has had on the outcomes of COVID-19 and  the effects of COVID-19 on the prevalence of obesity.

June 2021

Understanding Obesity

This month's newsletter is written by guest author Amelia Corl.

May 2021

Mental Health, Obesity, and Racial Disparities

Last year for Mental Health Awareness Month we discussed the intersections of mental health, obesity, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 2021

Obesity and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In January we celebrated the 2-year anniversary of the release of the Lancet Commission on Obesity report.