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Richard WM Visser DC, PhD

During his distinguished career, Richard W. M. Visser D.C., Ph.D. has focused on the pandemic of childhood obesity among various populations, working in consultation with other international experts. He studied the problem and implemented solutions from many perspectives: as a clinical researcher, academic and educator, activist and politician, entrepreneur, concerned citizen, and parent. His work has made vital contribution to a greater understanding of the biological, sociological, and psychological factors surrounding childhood obesity.

Having written numerous articles on the subject for professional journals, he has twice presented papers in Geneva at the congress hosted by the International Association of the Study of Obesity, and he has collaborated with the Department of Public and Occupational Health in the Netherlands on a proposal for combating the disease throughout the Caribbean.

Early in 2008, he was appointed by the Government of Aruba to head the Obesity Task Force, and a year later, he began his four-year term as Aruba's Minister of Health, and Sport.

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Addressing the external influences on the rise of childhood obesity: Breastfeeding, Home Environment and Toddler Nutrition

The steady rise of obesity rates in America’s children should be a wakeup call for everyone, especially parents. Yet, it seems that those who should take the strongest course of action consistently ignore this growing epidemic. In a time when external factors make it more and more difficult to raise healthy children, it is important to...