Jeffrey Friedman (biology)
Jeffrey Friedman is an obesity researcher at Rockefeller University, and discoverer of leptin, a hormone vital to fat regulation. He couldn't really be called a fat acceptance advocate in that he believes fat is a looming public health crisis, however he is strongly critical of the current war on obesity as steeped in exaggeration and born out of fundamental misunderstandings of the biology of fat. He is also a passionate critic of and welcome ally against stigmatization.
Listen to Jeffrey Friedman:
- Lecture at Howard Hughes Medical Institute on the biological basis of obesity and outlining his views. Direct Link to Video (RealMedia) or Web Page (Fat acceptance purists, be warned: he spends the first 10 minutes sounding the usual doom and gloom alarms about the "obesity epidemic." But trust me, if you keep listening this lecture is well worth your time).
- Interview on WNYC's Leonard Leopate Show. Direct Link to Audio (RealAudio) or Web Page
Must-Reads by Jeffrey Friedman:
- Editorial in Science from 5/'05, entitled "War on Obesity, not the Obese" attacked the medical establishment's increasingly indefensible/alarmist position that fat people must become thin through diet and exercise. Dr. Friedman lucidly outlined the biological mechanisms regulating fat storage and preventing long term weight loss. An exerpted and simplified version can be found here. (the full text of the original is no longer available for free from Science. However, the article can be found in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004.)
- In follow-up to that article he was interviewed by Ira Flatow of NPR's Science Friday - the transcript of which can be found here. This is a fascinating and lucid elaboration of his position and the science behind it. I strongly encourage everyone to read this transcript!!!
- His views were also outlined in a June 2004 a New York Times article by Gina Kolata (Registration may be required, or use bugmenot to help access the page. The text can also be found here.)