Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L. is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and the Institute for Health Policy Studies at University of California, San Francisco, and Adjunct Professor of Research at Touro University California. Dr. Lustig’s career has focused on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system, and the pathogenesis of chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes. He is one of the leaders of the “anti-sugar” and “real food” movements to improve global health. He connects the science of food to the policy and the politics. He also comments on the role of industry tactics to promote hedonic substances and behaviors and the resulting aftermath of healthcare decline and societal devolution.
Dr. 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 Masters in Studies of Law from UC Hastings College of the Law. Dr. Lustig is the author of many academic works, and of the popular books “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease”, the “Fat Chance Cookbook”, and “The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of our Bodies and Brains”.
Dr. Lustig is the Chief Scientific Officer of EatREAL, a non-profit dedicated to reversing childhood obesity and diabetes by impacting the global food supply; on the Advisory Board of Wellness in Action, a non-profit dedicated to community efforts to mitigate obesity and disease; and Chief Medical Officer of Slendine, a company developing products designed to improving metabolic health by mitigating the risks posed by the processed food environment.