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Dr. Robert Lustig

M.D., M.S.L

A leader of the “anti-sugar” movement to improve health world-wide, Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L., is an American pediatric endocrinologist and Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he specializes in euroendocrinology and childhood obesity. He is director of UCSF’s WATCH program (Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health); president and co-founder of the non-profit Institute for Responsible Nutrition; and Chief Scientific Officer of EatREAL, a non-profit dedicated to reversing childhood obesity and diabetes by impacting the global food supply.

Dr. Lustig 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 before spending six years as a research associate in neuroendocrinology at The Rockefeller University. In 2013 he received his Masters in Studies of Law from UC Hastings.

His clinical research has focused on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system. Currently, he investigates the contribution of biochemical, neural, hormonal, and genetic influences in the expression of the current obesity epidemic both in children and adults.

The author of many academic works, he has also written the popular book Fat Chance: beating the odds against sugar, processed food, obesity, and disease, the Fat Chance Cookbook, and The Hacking of the American Mind: Inside the Sugar-Coated Plot to Confuse Pleasure with Happiness, to be released in the North America this September.