January 30, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC: The US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Agriculture have announced the members of the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and one such member to be added to Biden’s food panel is Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford. The committee is responsible for creating new eating habits for Americans in the years to come. The first meeting is scheduled to take place on February 9-10, 2023 and will be available to the public via webcast. Now people have Dr. Unearthed Cody’s comment on obesity and are unhappy with it.

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The committee, prepared under Joe Biden, will consist of 20 nationally recognized scientists who will study the connection between diet and health at all stages of life. The appointment of Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford has sparked some backlash over her obesity comments when she glossed over the value of diet and exercise in weight loss in an interview with 60 Minutes. dr Cody said: “The main cause of obesity is genetics. That means if you’re born to parents with obesity, you have a 50 to 85 percent chance of getting the disease yourself. Even with optimal diet, exercise, sleep management, stress management.”

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who is dr Fatima Cody Stanford?

The comments have taken the internet by storm simply because of Dr. Cody in that particular area. She is an obesity medicine physician, educator, and policy maker at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. dr Cody received her BS and MPH from Emory University as an MLK Scholar. She then received her MD from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine as a Stoney Scholar and her MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Zuckerman Fellow at the Harvard Center for Public Leadership.

dr  Fatima Cody Stanford.  (Instagram/ askdrfatima)
dr Fatima Cody Stanford (Instagram/@askdrfatima)

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She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended Atlanta Public Schools and was a senior at Benjamin E. Mays High School. dr Cody is also a recipient of the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Leadership Award and the 2009 AMA Paul Ambrose Award for National Leadership Among Resident Physicians, according to Harvard Medical School. To top it off, she has served as Chair of the Minority Affairs Section (MAS) of the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians Obesity Advisory Committee. She has also served on the boards of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity, The Obesity Society Advocacy, Public Affairs and Regulatory Board of Directors, the American Board of Obesity Medicine Outreach and Awareness Committee, and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association.

“It’s just scientifically wrong”

One user said: “This is shocking and scary. Weight can be controlled through diet, lifestyle and good choices.” Another user wrote, “I think it was Alan Keyes who said people want problems to be genetic so they aren’t held morally responsible for their choices Another user tweeted: “Obesity should not be encouraged! The children of the future deserve a long and healthy cancer free life!!! Parents need a decent wage – to buy food, to cook healthy meals for their kids.” Another user wrote, “These kind of proponents of the belief system/dietary guidelines for obesity seem like a “new Calvinism” – ours Diet recommendations don’t work, so it must be predetermination.” Another user said, “That’s just scientifically wrong. The rise in processed foods could correlate with obesity rates.”

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