Regional Differences in the Obesity Crisis

October 1, 2021
Connor Iapoce

Connor Iapoce is an associate editor for HCPLive and joined the MJH Life Sciences team in April 2021. He graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. He enjoys listening to records, going to concerts, and playing with his cat Squish. You can reach him at

Episode 3 of Crisis Point examines the regional differences in obesity, from issues with nutrition and food insecurity to the use of the phrase "food desert".

This is HCPLive® Crisis Point, a comprehensive look at the public health crises affecting the United States today, with global implications tomorrow.

So far, we have examined the scope of the obesity crisis and the clinical aspects and burdens that make up both the treatment and complications of care in patients with obesity.

Our episode today once more widens the idea of a public health crisis outside of the clinical burdens back into the public health space, with the thematic element of the regional differences in obesity rates in both the United States and beyond.

Topics discussed in the episode include issues in nutritional options, particular regional burdens, the connection between the United States and third-world countries, food insecurity and poverty, as well as the use of the phrase "food desert".

Again, we feature our cast of experts including:

  • Hans Schmidt, MD, Division Chief, Bariatric Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Shauna Downs, PhD, Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Public Health
  • Jun Tashiro, MD, Pediatric Surgeon, Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, NYU Langone Health
  • Jose Aleman, MD, Assistant Professor, NYU Langone Health
  • Louis Aronne, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Intellihealth and Medical Director, Comprehensive Weight Control Center, Weill Cornell Medical Center

Thanks for watching. Stay tuned for next week's final episode on the blueprint to ending the crisis.

Want to catch up? Check out Episode 1 and Episode 2 of HCPLive® Crisis Point - Obesity Crisis.