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'Sugar Coated: Separating Fact from Fiction in the Great Sugar Debate'

Thursday, 10 November, 2016

Sugar....a blessing or a curse? With all of the conflicting information out there, it can be hard to determine sugar's effect on health. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics St. Louis will host Connie Diekman and Robert Lusting, M.D., in the Great Sugar Debate, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Learning Resources Center.

The debate will be moderated by Aisha Sultan, features columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Connie Diekman, M.Ed, RD, CSSD, LD, FADA, FAND, is a nutrition communications consultant and director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Diekman is a former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a former chair of the American Heart Association-Missouri affiliate.

Prior to her appointment at Washington University, Diekman was in private practice working with physicians, corporations and as an instructor at St. Louis’ Fontbonne University. For 17 years she was the voice of the “Eating Right” minute on WBBM radio in Chicago, and for 11 years she served as a television nutrition reporter for first the St. Louis’ NBC affiliate and then the local FOX affiliate. Diekman is the author of “The Everything Mediterranean Diet Book: All You Need to Lose Weight and Stay Healthy!”

Honors received include the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Medallion award, the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award from the Missouri Dietetic Association and the Dr. Arthur Strauss Award, from the American Heart Association-St. Louis.

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L., is professor of pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at University of California, San Francisco. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist whose clinical research has focused on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system. He is currently investigating the contribution of biochemical, neural, hormonal, and genetic influences in the expression of the current obesity epidemic both in children and adults. He is one of the leaders of the global “anti-sugar” movement to improve global health. Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976, and received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He completed his pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1983, and his clinical fellowship at UCSF in 1984. From there, he spent six years as a research associate in neuroendocrinology at The Rockefeller University. In 2013 he received his Master's in Studies of Law from UC Hastings.

He is the author of many academic works, and of the popular book “Fat Chance: the Bitter Truth about Sugar,” “The Fat Chance Cookbook,” and the soon-to-be released “The Agony of Ecstasy.” Lustig is also president of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition, a nonprofit devoted to eradicating childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes by improving the global food supply.   

CEU's available: advance purchase tickets for $15 or free for AND-STL members.

Registration starts at 6 p.m., and parking is free.