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Who’s responsible for The Obesity Prevention Source? Read our vision and mission statement, see who serves on our editorial board, and learn more about our editorial and web team.

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

Terms of Use

The aim of the Harvard School of Public Health Obesity Prevention Source Web site is to provide timely information about obesity’s global causes, consequences, prevention, and control, for the public, health and public health practitioners, business and community leaders, and policymakers. The contents of this Web site are not intended to offer personal medical advice. You should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Web site. The Web site’s obesity prevention policy recommendations are based primarily on a review of U.S. expert guidance, unless otherwise indicated; in other countries, different policy approaches may be needed to achieve improvements in food and physical activity environments, so that healthy choices are easy choices, for all.