In the last episode of our spring series on critical health issues, host Elise Thatcher
talked with neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt about the short and long term effects of going on a diet.
Aamodt is author of the new book “Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession With Weight Loss.” Her research shows that most people who go on a diet not only gain that weight back, they’re more likely to be heavier later on.
Aamodt wrote the book after struggling with dieting for decades, and published a widely popular New York Times op ed on the topic in early May. She says it’s still possible to lose weight in a healthy way and keep the pounds off.
Our second guest tackles the issue of unused medications. Kiah Williams is Co-Founder and Director of the San Francisco nonprofit Sirum, which has developed a way to match extra prescription drugs with people who otherwise can’t afford them. APR’s Elise Thatcher talked with Williams by Skype.