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Technology and the Future of America’s Waistline

A Future Tense Event
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In the face of high rates of obesity, technologies have been developed to encourage exercise, monitor eating habits, and help people manage their weight. Personal data tracking tools have empowered people to know more about their bodies and lifestyles than ever before, and advances in biological sciences could expand still further. At the same time, many of us spend our days sitting in cars and at computers. Our communities aren’t designed for walking, and our junk food is engineered to be addictive. How will advances in science and technology shape the future of America’s waistline? Will we ever have a magic pill for weight loss, and are gadgets and apps enough to help us until then?

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Agenda

12:15 PM: Introduction

Alexandra Brewis-Slade
Director of Operations, Arizona State University-Mayo Obesity Solutions
Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University

12:25 PM: Engineering healthy food: Can we eat our way thin?

Alexandra Brewis-Slade
Director of Operations, Arizona State University-Mayo Obesity Solutions
Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University

David H. Freedman
Contributing editor at The Atlantic and at Inc. Magazine and consulting editor for Johns Hopkins Medicine International
 
Robert C. Post
Chief Science Officer, FoodMinds
Former Associate Executive Director of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
 
Moderator: Laura Helmuth
Science and Health Editor, Slate

1:15 PM: Beyond calorie counting: Can gadgets help fight obesity?
 
Jessica Jacobs
Director of Innovation, Aetna Innovation Labs

Walter R. Thompson
Chair, American Fitness Index Advisory Board, American College of Sports Medicine
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Georgia State University
 
Brian Russell
Founder and CEO of Zephyr Technology Corporation
 
Moderator: Marvin Ammori
Future Tense Fellow
Author, On Internet Freedom

Event Time and Location

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 12:15pm - 2:00pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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