From Bench to Broadcast Putting Research into Perspective


With obesity and diabetes at epidemic proportions, the time to act is now. Practical, real world strategies related to weight and diabetes control must be provided to the general public to aid them in making better overall healthy lifestyle choices. However, many studies are taken out of context. Dr. Adam Drewnowski discusses the major differences between epidemiological and intervention studies and how these studies should be used in developing and making public health recommendations pertaining to weight control and diabetes. Dr. Drewnowski highlights the most meaningful data that can be gleaned from various study protocols.

Ms. Warshaw pinpoints recent media headlines related to weight control and diabetes and shows how these headlines can spin out of control, many times due to data misinterpretation. As opposed to motivating the public, many consumers are left questioning the "right" dietary habits. Ms. Warshaw will provides examples (as part of a case study) of how health professionals can better evaluate new and emerging studies and put these studies into proper context while communicating meaningful, scientifically based messages.

Objectives: "After reviewing the slides, reviewers will be able to:"

  1. Develop a better understanding of how to appropriately interpret results of epidemiology studies versus intervention trials, especially regarding weight and diabetes control.
  2. Highlight study findings that may have been exaggerated or misinterpreted by the media and determine how dietitians can help consumers and the media put epidemiological and intervention studies into proper context as part of an overall scientifically sound framework.
  3. Develop criteria for evaluating studies in terms of practical application and sensible messaging for clients, consumers, media, other health professionals, etc. 

To view the recorded webinar, click here.

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More about the Speakers:

Dr. Adam Drewnowski is a world-renowned leader in innovative research approaches to the prevention and treatment of obesity. Dr. Drewnowski is Director of the Nutritional Sciences Program and Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. He also serves as Director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition and the UW Center for Obesity Research. Dr. Drewnowski's current research is focused on the relationship between poverty and obesity and the links between obesity and diabetes rates in vulnerable populations and access to healthy foods.

Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, applies nearly thirty years of expertise as a dietitian and diabetes educator in her work translating nutrition and diabetes research into common sense advice as an author, freelance writer, and consultant. Ms. Warshaw has authored numerous consumer articles and books about healthy restaurant eating and diabetes nutrition management. She has served as chair of the American Dietetic Association's (ADA) Diabetes Care and Education dietetic practice group and currently is a member of an ADA Evidence Analysis project on caloric and non-caloric sweeteners.

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