In the upcoming issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Redstone Global Center director Bill Dietz joins Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika for a submission to the journal’s series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Academy of Medicine. The Dietz and Kumanyika piece focuses on progress and opportunities for addressing the obesity pandemic.
To fulfill our mission, the Redstone Global Center is committed to becoming an anti-racist organization. In 2020, the center developed an action agenda as a starting point to guide our work. Racism and white supremacy and the trauma they induce are public health issues. We cannot ensure the health and wellbeing of all until white supremacy and the racist structures that support it are dismantled, and equity is achieved for all people and across all sectors, including health, criminal justice, economic opportunity, and education.
Obesity may be a risk factor in deaths caused by COVID-19, concludes a new analysis published in the journal Obesity by GW Milken Institute School of Public Health experts.
Carlos Santos-Burgoa, MD, MPH, PhD, a professor of global health; and William Dietz, MD, PhD, chair of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, looked at previous research on the H1N1 influenza pandemic as well as reports coming in from Italy and China and concluded that obesity is likely a pre-existing disease that can make COVID-19 worse.
Five years ago, the Building Community Resilience initiative (part of the Redstone Global Center at the Milken Institute School of Public Health) was started to help address one of the most sweeping public health challenges of our times: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs are recognized in clinical, educational and social service settings as having negative outcomes and impacting a person’s wellbeing and health throughout their life.
This month, in conjunction with Obesity Care Week in the U.S. and World Obesity Day, the Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness joined leading experts, clinicians and advocates from across the world in a new consensus statement for eliminating weight bias and stigma of obesity.