About the Editors



Leah Whigham, PhD, FTOS

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, El Paso, Texas, USA

Leah Whigham, PhD, FTOS, is Director of the Center for Community Health Impact (CCHI) and Associate Professor with The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in El Paso, Texas. With over 20 years of experience in basic, clinical, and community research, her work has increased our understanding of metabolism as it relates to obesity, the influence of nutrients and immune function on body composition, and the impact of the environment on nutrition and physical activity. Dr. Whigham is a Fellow of The Obesity Society, and Editor-in-Chief for Nutrition & Diabetes.

Associate Editors:


Durval Ribas-Filho, MD, PhD, FTOS

Padre Albino Foundation Medical School, São Paulo, Brazil

Dr. Durval Ribas-Filho is master and doctor of medicine (MD PhD) by FAMERP / São Paulo School of Medicine and has the title of specialist in Nutrology (Medical Nutrition), Internal Medicine and Endocrinology by the Federal Council of Brazilian Medical Association.
Dr. Ribas-Filho, currently holds the position of Professor of Nutrology and Endocrinology at School of Medicine Padre Albino Foundation, São Paulo, Brazil; President of the Brazilian Association of Nutrology (ABRAN); and Medical Scientific Coordinator Chief of the National Postgraduate Course of the Brazilian Association of Nutrology.
He has much clinical experience and many publications relating to Medical Nutrition, Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome.

Andrew Shin, PhD

Texas Tech University, USA

Dr. Shin obtained PhD in Neuroscience at Michigan State University in 2008 and completed his postdoctoral fellowships at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is currently appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University. Dr. Shin is interested in understanding how the brain controls metabolism and nutrient partitioning as well as the long-term regulation of body weight and appetite. Dr. Shin's research project aims to understand the role of insulin action in the brain in regulating branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) metabolism and how this central control can contribute to glucose homeostasis by using molecular, pharmacological, transgenic, surgical, and integrative physiological approaches. Dr. Shin also focuses on studying the role of BCAAs in Alzheimer’s disease progression, and his studies have been funded by the NIH, NSF, Diabetes Action Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, etc.

Communications Editor: Ted Kyle

Ted Kyle founded ConscienHealth in 2009. He is a pharmacist and healthcare innovation professional who works with health and obesity experts for sound policy and innovation to address obesity. Ted serves on the Board of Directors for the Obesity Action Coalition, advises The Obesity Society on advocacy, and consults with organizations addressing the needs of people living with obesity. He is a tireless advocate for people living with obesity. His widely-read daily commentary, published at conscienhealth.org/news, reaches an audience of more than 15,000 thought leaders in health and obesity. His peer-reviewed publications focus upon weight bias and policy related to health and obesity.


Founding Editor-in-Chief: Richard Atkinson

Richard Atkinson is Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Adjunct Professor of Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, University of Karachi, Pakistan; Visiting Professor of Molecular Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Director of the Obetech Obesity Research Center, Richmond, VA; and President of Obetech, LLC. He is Editor of the International Journal of Obesity; Regional Vice-President of The Obesity Society; Board of Directors Member, World Obesity Federation; Past President of the American Obesity Association, the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (now TOS), and the American Society for Clinical Nutrition. He is interested in obesity policy and has advocated for young investigator programs nationally and internationally.