Almost two-thirds of the U.S. population is overweight or suffers from obesity, yet the growing epidemic is still largely misunderstood. In the Weight Matters podcast, Dr. Louis Aronne and Dr. Katherine Saunders, leading experts in the field of obesity medicine, will address the many misconceptions associated with weight and how it impacts our broader health. With the help of thought leaders and other medical experts, they’ll unpack the science behind the root causes and conditions that stem from obesity, one of the leading drivers of healthcare costs, to shed some light on why weight truly matters.
The podcast is hosted by Intellihealth chief medical advisor Dr. Louis Aronne and senior medical advisor Dr. Katherine Saunders. Aronne, a leading authority on obesity and a pioneer in obesity medicine, is the Sanford I. Weill Professor of Metabolic Research and the medical director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Center at Weill Cornell Medicine. Saunders, Aronne’s colleague, is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and an assistant attending physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
New episodes will be released biweekly and will address topics such as the stigma surrounding obesity, the relationship between weight and cancer, the impact of weight on orthopedic surgery outcomes, the predatory diet industry, and the increased urgency of mitigating obesity-related population risks in light of the strong correlation between excess weight and negative COVID-19 outcomes.
Obesity is a complex disease that is associated with a large number of health conditions, and it is stubbornly resistant to treatment through the traditional interventions of diet and exercise alone. To shed more light on this multifaceted problem, Drs. Aronne and Saunders speak with a diverse lineup of compelling experts. Guests’ contributions are rooted in the best of medical science, but the podcast is accessible to a wide audience beyond healthcare providers. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the physiology of weight gain and how obesity affects us on both a personal and societal level will appreciate these thought-provoking exchanges.