15-20 Segment 1: Weight, Culture and Science


Synopsis: The cultural bias against obesity is often justified on health grounds. But recent studies show that people classified in the “overweight” BMI category actually have less mortality than normal weight people. Experts discuss how culture drives our obsession with weight and what science really has to say about it.

Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Harriet Brown, Associate Professor of Magazine Journalism, Newhouse School of Public Communication, Syracuse University and author, Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession With Weight and What We Can Do About It; Dr. Carl Lavie, Medical Director of Preventive Cardiology, John Ochsner Heart & Vascular Institute, New Orleans and author, The Obesity Paradox: When Thinner Means Sicker and Heavier Means Healthier

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15-20 Segment 2: Dietary Gene Therapy


Synopsis: Many diseases have a genetic trigger, but a noted researcher concludes that alteration of the diet can override that programming. He discusses how disease doesn’t have to be preordained.

Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, Asst. Clinical Prof. of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical Center and author, The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny With Diet and Lifestyle

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