In part 1 of this Exclusive Interview, Dr. Leigh Perreault talks with Diabetes in Control Medical Editor Joy Pape during the ADA meeting in San Diego, California, about the causes of obesity.
Dr. Leigh Perreault is an associate professor of medicine, physician and clinical researcher at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Aurora, CO. Her research interests include understanding the different pathways by which people develop type 2 diabetes, developing tailored strategies for diabetes prevention and the human microbiome.
Transcript of this video segment:
Joy: Hello, I’m Joy Pape, medical editor for diabetes in control, and we are here at the American Diabetes Association 77th scientific session 2017 and I am delighted to be able to speak with Dr. Leigh Perreault from the University of Colorado. I’ve heard you speak before and I know our audience will not be disappointed. I don’t mean to set you up, but what is your specialty?
Dr. Perreault: I specialize in diabetes prevention and the treatment of people with prediabetes.
Joy: I’ve heard you speak more on the subject of obesity. What do you think the causes of obesity are?
Dr. Perreault: The causes of obesity as we know it are either genetic or environmental. It is very clear that people’s adolescent height and weight is genetically set. After that, it’s really a matter of environment. The environment incorporates biological, psychological, and social components. Of the biological components, we usually think of things like, “diet in and energy out.” But what we have learned about diet in and energy out that is extensive and definitely not as simple as we think. Of course, there is psychology around feeding behaviors, hedonistic behaviors, and I think we are all constantly inundated by the social aspects of food. So, it’s really a very complex combination of all those things, that ultimately lead to weight gain in people.