Interview Verhoeff & Seidell

The new, cross-disciplinary Sarphati Amsterdam project makes local children the focus of cutting-edge research on lifestyle-related diseases, predominantly obesity. AMS sat down with the head of the program, epidemiologist Arnoud Verhoeff, and its research leader Jaap Seidell, professor of nutrition and health, to find out what Amsterdam might be able to teach the rest of the world.

Interview Verhoeff & Seidell

Epidemics are not what they used to be. Certainly, communicable diseases from Ebola to tuberculosis still flourish. But the biggest global threats to health these days are NCDs – non-communicable diseases. Just because they’re not immediately life threatening doesn’t mean that they pose any less danger in the long term: NCDs are currently the world’s top killers. In short, lifestyle-related diseases – such as diabetes, heart and lung disease, cancers and obesity – are prevalent in the cities that are increasingly home to the majority of the world’s population.

Written by dico, placed on 19-09
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