Remember David Kessler back in the 1990s, when he was head of the FDA? The guy who took on Big Tobacco?
He’s on a new crusade now, and it’s not about smoking, it’s about eating — about our national culture of food. He points to a huge and profitable food industry and its legion of well-paid scientists who work hard to make their products literally irresistible, to make us eat almost non-stop.
He says we’ve got to understand our own appetites, and to change how America looks at food.
This hour, On Point: David Kessler on controlling the American appetite.
Dr. David Kessler joins us from San Francisco. He was Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from 1990-1997, under the first President Bush and President Clinton. During his time at the FDA, he led the campaign to regulate tobacco and the landmark lawsuit FDA v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. He is a pediatrician and lawyer. His new book is “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite.”
Read an excerpt from the book, in which Kessler goes “inside the unregulated, wild world of food processing.”