William Dietz MD, PhD

Dr. Dietz is the former Director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity in the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC. Prior to his appointment to the CDC, he was a Professor of Pediatrics at the Tuft's University School of Medicine, and Director of Clinical Nutrition at the Floating Hospital of New England Medical Center Hospitals.

Among his many achievements, he has received the Holroyd-Sherry award for his outstanding contributions to the field of children, adolescents and the media; the George Bray Founders Award from the North American Association for the Study of Obesity; the Nutrition Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for outstanding research related to nutrition of infants and children; the Oded Bar-Or award from the Obesity Society for excellence in pediatric obesity research; a Special Recognition Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics Provisional Section on Obesity, and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is the author of over 200 publications in the scientific literature, and the editor of five books, including Clinical Obesity in Adults and Children, and Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know.

During his visit, Dr Dietz was a keynote for the 2013 PHCRIS Primary Healthcare Research Conference, participated in forums on solutions to obesity, met with government policy makers in a roundtable discussion and presented a number of seminars. Publicly accessible presentations are provided below.


Conference keynote speaker at the Primary Healthcare Research Conference, Sydney, 10-12 July 2013

Dr William Dietz (formerly Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): Challenges and Alliances in the Management and of Obesity (Webcast).

Abstract and citation information can be found here.

Public Forum "Solutions to Obesity in the Community: a Focus on Primary Health Care", Sydney, 8 July 2013

Dr William Dietz (formerly Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): Opportunities and Challenges in Obesity Prevention and Care.

Ms Cheryl Hutchins (ANPHA, Shape Up Australia): Consumer Attitudes and Belief Regarding Nutrition & Physical Activity: The Implications for Primary Health Care Practice.

Professor Mark Harris (COMPaRE-PHC & UNSW): Addressing Inequity?

Dr Elizabeth Denney-Wilson (COMPaRE-PHC & UTS): Preventing and Managing Obesity in Families with Young Children. 

Public Forum "Solutions to Obesity in the Community: a Focus on Primary Health Care", Melbourne, 15 July 2013

Assoc. Prof. Karen Campell (COMPaRE-PHC & CPAN): Getting Healthy Lifestyle Behaviours Established from Birth (and before): A Role for Primary Health Care?

Further information about the forum in Melbourne can be found here.