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David Kessler

kessler-medApril 9, 2013
Mayer Theatre, 7:30 PM

Dr. Kessler served as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In this role he introduced the Nutrition Facts food labels and led the FDA’s investigation of the tobacco industry and tobacco products. The FDA’s regulations, after being overturned by the Supreme Court, were enacted in total by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. In 2008, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health awarded Dr. Kessler the Public Health Hero award for his “leadership and courage in challenging the U. S. tobacco industry.”

He chronicled his battles with the tobacco industry in his book A Question of Intent: A Great American Battle with a Deadly Industry. In his recent book, The New York Times best-selling The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, Dr. Kessler explains how the impact of food industry marketing and our brain chemistry have affected the eating habits of millions of Americans.

Dr. Kessler is a pediatrician and has been the dean of the medical schools at Yale and the University of California, San Francisco. He is a graduate of Amherst College, the University of Chicago Law School, and Harvard Medical School. Currently Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UC San Francisco, Dr. Kessler is the father of two and lives with his wife in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Join us for a conversation about food policy and our nation’s eating habits with David Kessler, followed by a book signing.
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