Dr. David L. Katz is a specialist in Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and Lifestyle Medicine, with expertise in nutrition.
The recipient of numerous awards for teaching, writing, and contributions to public health, Dr. Katz was a 2019 James Beard Foundation Award nominee in health journalism, has been a widely supported nominee for the position of U.S. Surgeon General, and has received three honorary doctorates. He is a 2023 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Doctors’ World Gala.
He holds multiple US patents, has over 200 peer-reviewed publications, has published hundreds of online and newspaper columns, and has authored/co-authored 19 books to date, including multiple editions of leading nutrition, preventive medicine, and epidemiology textbooks. His most recent book for a general audience, How to Eat, co-authored with Mark Bittman, was a 2021 IACP Awards finalist.
His career-long focus has been translating science into action for adding years to life, life to years, and on the confluence of human and planetary health.
In this episode:
- Dr. Katz explains how addiction is possible and why it exists
- We discuss how food could fit into meeting criteria for addiction
- Dr. Katz shares his opinion on labeling food addiction and obesity as diseases
- We discuss culinary medicine and tastebud rehab
- Dr. Katz explains why emphasis on whole foods remains a steady recommendation despite new fad diets
- We get some of Dr. Katz’s book recommendations, and he answers our signature question