As a senior member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, he has served on the Committee on the Health Consequences of Bereavement, the Board on Biobehavioral Sciences and Mental Disorders, the Panel on Clinical Sciences, and the Panel on Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Hematology. Dr. Hirsch is a Past President of the American Psychosomatic Society and the American Society of Clinical Nutrition. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Nutrition, the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh, the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American College of Physicians. He has received the McCollum Award and the Herman Award of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the State University of New York. In addition to being a section editor for Obesity Research, Dr. Hirsch is a member of several editorial boards, including those of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Weight Control Digest, and the International Journal of Obesity. He attended Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and holds his M.D. from the Southwestern Medical School at the University of Texas, Dallas.

STEVEN N. BLAIR is Director of Research and Director of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications at the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research. For seven years, Dr. Blair served as the exercise epidemiology section editor for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport and continues work on the editorial boards for several epidemiology, exercise, and sports medicine journals, including the Macmillan Health Encyclopedia . He was a contributor and co-principal investigator for the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial. In the past, he was on the Board of Trustees and was a Vice President for the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Blair has received several awards from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), and he received a Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine and a Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the Free University of Brussels. He holds a B.A. in Physical Education from Kansas Wesleyan University and an M.S. and P.E.D. in Physical Education from Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Blair was a postdoctoral scholar in preventive cardiology at Stanford University and is a certified exercise program director with the American college of Sports Medicine.

JOHN P. FOREYT is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and Director of the DeBakey Heart Center's Nutrition Research Clinic. Concurrently, he is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston and is a member of the Medical Scientist Staff for Internal Medicine Service at

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