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Spotlight Health 2016, Episode 6

Jun 7, 2016


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.