Dr. Robert Lustig on the Global Obesity Epidemic

“How did the entire world get this fat, this fast?” asks Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, in this must-watch video.


Dr. Lustig and his colleagues reveal the major causes of the obesity epidemic worldwide, from stress and sleep to the industrial global diet and sugar. Dr. Lustig challenges the idea that a calorie is a calorie, showing how certain sources of calories can disrupt our fat regulating system.


He lists the diseases of obesity–heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, lipid problems, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, dementia, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and dementia. Dr. Lustig looks at how obesity is major health challenge around the world.


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About Robert H. Lustig, M.D.

Robert H. Lustig, M.D.

Robert H. Lustig, M.D. is Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California, San Francisco, and Director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF. Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist, with basic and clinical training relative to hypothalamic development, anatomy, and function


Dr. Lustig went to Stuyvesant H.S. in Manhattan, graduated from MIT in 1976, and received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He completed his pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1983, and his clinical fellowship at UCSF in 1984. From there, he spent six years as a post-doctoral fellow and research associate in neuroendocrinology at The Rockefeller University. He has been a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Tennessee, Memphis.


Dr. Lustig has authored 85 peer-reviewed articles and 30 reviews. He has mentored 20 pediatric endocrine fellows, and trained numerous other allied health professionals. He is a member of the Pediatric Obesity Practice Guidelines Subcommittee of The Endocrine Society, a member of the Obesity Task Force of the Endocrine Society, a member of the Pediatric Obesity Devices Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and a member of the Steering Committee of the International Endocrine Alliance to Combat Obesity.


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