Drug or treat? Taubes headlines 'sugar busting' event
Charlottesville City School Board candidate Ivana Kadija hasn't been quiet about her mission: restricting sugar in schools. In an event tonight dubbed "The Case Against Sugar," Kadija's bringing in an anti-sugar big-gun: Gary Taubes, bestselling author of Why We Get Fat: And What to do About It and Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health.
Taubes has spent the past decade researching the implications of sugar and believes its massive overabundance in the American diet is at the root of the obesity epidemic and accompanying diseases including diabetes and hypertension. A correspondent for Science Magazine, Taubes has written extensively for the New York Times and is the only three-time recipient of the Science in Society Journalism Award of the National Association of Science Writers.
Following Taubes presentation, a panel discussion moderated by this reporter and an audience Q&A will take place featuring, in addition to Taubes, local family physician Dr. Gregory Gelburd; UVA Associate Research Director Dr. Matthew Trowbridge, who sits on the Advisory Board of the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network (NPLAN) to Prevent Childhood Obesity; Dr. Barbara Stitt, Ph.D., author of Food and Behavior; Nutritional Guidelines for Correcting Behavior; and Dr. Wendy Lynch, UVa Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences.
Kadija, whose for-profit wellness consulting business is sponsoring the event, says representatives from the City Schools and the local Community Action on Obesity taskforce were invited to participate, but declined. The Hook's calls to those agencies were not immediately returned.
"The Case Against Sugar" will be held in the St. Anne's Learning Village Auditorium, 799 Faulconer Drive on September 26 from 7:30-9:30pm. Free.