About Us

Our vision

We envision a society that makes it easier for people to eat healthfully and stay active so that everyone can achieve and maintain a healthy weight and enjoy the resulting health, social, economic, and environmental benefits.

Our mission

Obesity is a defining issue of our time, and The Obesity Prevention Source aims to inform and empower the public and policymakers to tackle the issue head on by covering in detail obesity’s global causes, consequences, prevention, and control, so that healthy lifestyle environmental changes can become a reality, allowing all people to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

The Obesity Prevention Source is maintained by the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. The website accepts no subsidies or commercial support from any industry, and website content is reviewed by an independent editorial board.

Co-Editorial Directors

  • Lilian Cheung, Lecturer, Department of Nutrition, Director of Health Promotion and Communication; Editorial Director, The Nutrition Source
  • Frank Hu, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology

Website Managers

  • Brett Otis
  • Emily Phares
  • Vidya Viswanathan
  • Alice Woolverton

Writers and Editors

  • Rachel Blaine
  • Vanessa Boulanger
  • Rita Buckley
  • Pat Cleary
  • Hank Dart
  • Lawrence de Koning
  • Jennifer Falbe
  • Sari Kalin
  • Cindy Leung
  • Michael Long
  • Vasanti Malik
  • Patrick J. Skerrett
  • Tryggvi Thorgeirsson
  • Nicole Wedick

Harvard School of Public Health Web Team

  • Deane Eastwood
  • Christopher Ternan
  • Jacob Yerdon

Web Assistant

  • Lu Xing

Web Interns

  • Michelle Boutet
  • Megan McLean
  • Samantha Taylor
  • Jenna Wilson

Editorial Board Members