Walter Willett

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Walter Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H. (born in 1945 in Hart, Michigan[1]) is an American physician and nutrition researcher. Currently, Willett is the Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and the chair of the department of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. He is also a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.[2]

Willett is the principal investigator [3] of the second Nurses' Health Study, a compilation of studies regarding the health of older women and their risk factors for major chronic diseases. He has published more than 1,000 scientific articles regarding various aspects of diet and disease [4] and is the second most cited author in clinical medicine.[5]

Frequently in the public eye, Willett is perhaps best known for his 2001 book Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy, which presents nutritional information and recommendations based on what was then the consensus of nutrition scientists. His book is critical of many popular misconceptions about diet and nutrition, including ideas presented by guidelines from American organizations such as the USDA.[6] Willett is frequently quoted by the media in articles regarding nutrition.[7][8][9][10]


Influence on Harvard meal plans and cafeterias[edit]

Willett has been actively involved in helping Harvard University food services to update their offerings along current nutritional guidelines. While his work has influenced the menu choices, students and Willett have noted that the menus still have a long way to go to reflect the currently available nutrition science.[11][12]

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ "Honda Worldwide | September 29, 2004 "Honda Prize Awarded to Dr. Walter C. Willet"". Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  2. ^ a b Walter Willett Bio[self-published source?]
  3. ^ Harvard Medical School Division of Nutrition Personnel [self-published source?]
  4. ^ a b "NCBI search". 2011-03-18. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  5. ^ "First Bimonthly Period of 2007 - Top 10 Researchers In Clinical Medicine". in-cites. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  6. ^ HPH NOW, August 24, 2001, Nutrition Book Author Willett Rebuilds USDA Food Pyramid Archived September 3, 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ A reversal on carbs, Marni Jameson, Los Angeles Times, December 20, 2010.
  8. ^ Taking Diet Soda Study with a Grain of Salt, ABC News, February 8, 2011.
  9. ^ Interview: Walter Willett, M.D., PBS Frontline, April 8, 2004.
  10. ^ The truth on foods and fats, Amanda Spake, U.S. News & World Report, July 4, 2004.
  11. ^ Eating Well; At a Harvard Cafe, Health for Lunch, Marian Burros, New York Times, November 19, 2003.
  12. ^ At Harvard, Whole-Grain Concerns, Candy Sagon, Washington Post, March 8, 2006.

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