Show: June 24, 2012:
- What is the secret behind the ALIVE program’s success?
- How can we fight obesity at a societal level?
- Have anti-smoking campaigns been effective?
- Are gaps present in seniors’ healthcare?
- What would your doctor do in your shoes?
- Would you get a “fish pedicure?”
- How does industry shape health and fitness myths?
- View all topics for the week
How can we fight obesity at a societal level?
Interview: Aaron Carroll, M.D., MS, director of the Center of Health Policy and Professionalism Research, Indiana University School of Medicine
The Institute of Medicine recently released its report on obesity, and the outlook is not good from a public health perspective. The Institute of Medicine concluded that the obesity epidemic is deeply engrained in our culture, and extreme public policy measures will have to be taken to properly confront the crisis. "Sound Medicine" frequent public health policy contributor Aaron Carroll, M.D., discusses the report and the barriers in our culture that impede healthy eating habits. Also, he shares potential public policy changes such as a soda tax and regulating school lunches that would fight obesity at a systemic level.