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David  Ludwig, MD, PhD

Department: Medicine
Research Centers: Endocrinology Research Center
Hospital Title: Medical Staff
Academic Title: Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health
Research Area: Obesity
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Research Overview

David Ludwig developed the Children's Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program --a multi-disciplinary care clinic dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of children who are overweight/obese. Not only does the program provide state-of-the-art care for overweight children, it also serves as a setting for clinical research to develop innovative treatments for pediatric obesity. 

He has also been the a principal or co-investigator of several epidemiological and clinical studies to identify dietary factors that contribute to obesity. His research has determined that: A low-glycemic index diet may be as or more effective than the standard reduced-fat diet for weight loss in children and adolescents. Consumption of soft drinks is directly related to obesity in children. Fast food consumption is associated with factors that increase risk of childhood obesity. Consumption of dairy products may offer protection against insulin resistance in overweight adults. 

About David Ludwig

David Ludwig received a PhD and an MD from Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Boston Children's Hospital.

Key Publications

  • Weight-loss maintenance: mind over matter? NEJM 2010, 363:2159-2161
  • Technology, diet, and the burden of chronic disease. JAMA 2011, 305:1352-1353
  • The supplemental nutrition assistance program, soda, and USDA policy: who benefits? JAMA 2011, 306:1370-1
  • Effects of dietary composition on energy expenditure during weight-loss maintenance. JAMA 2012, 207:2627-2634


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