A member of the Brandon Administration’s panel set to determine new dietary guidelines for Americans is receiving backlash for her comments on obesity.
Dr Fatima Cody Stanford, an obesity medicine doctor at Mass General Health in Boston, was appointed to the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which will develop new recommended eating habits for Americans over the coming years.
The appointment has received backlash as it comes only weeks after she downplayed the value of diet and exercise in weight loss in an interview with 60 Minutes at the start of the year.
“The number one cause of obesity is genetics,” Dr. Cody said.
“That means if you are born to parents that have obesity, you have a 50 to 85 percent likelihood of having the disease yourself. Even with optimal diet, exercise, sleep management, stress management.”
Dr. Cody will join the HHS and USDA panel of 20 nutrition, obesity and weight loss experts.
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