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Interview With Dr. Robert Lustig and Dr. Aseem Malhotra

ByCrossFit June 28, 2020

This month’s CrossFit Health Education webinar features Dr. Robert Lustig. Dr. Lustig will be exploring the lacuna that has emerged between medical research and public policy, specifically as they pertain to nutrition and metabolic disease. In preparation for the webinar Dr. Lustig sat down with cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra.

Over the course of this interview, Drs. Lustig and Malhotra discuss the ways our failure to properly address the causes of chronic disease has crippled our ability to provide effective health care. Dr. Malhotra notes patients with excess body fat, Type 2 diabetes, and poor metabolic health are most vulnerable to developing infections and having worse disease outcomes, as has been the case with the recent COVID-19 pandemic. He also comments that those who lower their sugar intake improve their cholesterol markers, fasting glucose, insulin, and blood pressure in as few as nine days and asks, “Why is this not part of the mainstream discussion in the U.S. [and] the U.K.? What have we not done to make sure every doctor is armed with this information when they’re managing their patients?” Dr. Lustig analyzes how these shortcomings in the health-care system originated and how they are perpetuated. Together, he and Dr. Malhotra conclude with a brief discussion of potential paths forward.

CrossFit Health Education will be hosting a live webinar with Dr. Lustig this Friday, July 3, at 9 a.m. PT. The webinar has been accredited with 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Webinar participants will have the opportunity to interact with Dr. Lustig through a live online presentation and Q&A.

Friday, July 3, at 9 a.m. PT


About Dr. Robert Lustig

Dr. Robert Lustig, MD, is an endocrinologist and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco. His areas of expertise include neuroendocrinology and childhood obesity. He is also director of UCSF’s WATCH program (Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health), and he is the president and co-founder of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition, a nonprofit that seeks to “shape the way food is produced, marketed and distributed so we can end food-related illness and promote good health.”

Lustig is the editor for Obesity Before Birth: Maternal and Prenatal Influences on the Offspring (2010) and the author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease (2013).

Lustig’s 2009 lecture for University of California Television, “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” has accumulated more than 10.2 million views on YouTube and was hailed by the Financial Times as “sugar’s ‘tobacco’ moment.”

About Dr. Aseem Malhotra

Dr. Aseem Malhotra is a best-selling author, researcher, and one of the most well-known cardiologists in the U.K. His views on cholesterol and sugar, controversial primarily among those who choose to promote special interests at the expense of public health, have landed him in numerous front-page news articles and on primetime television shows.

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