University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States
James O. Hill is Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences and Director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB ). Dr. Hill has studied the etiology and treatment of obesity for over 30 years and has published over 600 peer-reviewed papers in those areas. He is particularly interested in how diet and physical activity impact body weight. He co-founded the National Weight Control Registry and the newly launched International Weight Control Registry to factors related to long-term success in obesity treatment. He also co-founded America On the Move, a non-profit initiative to get people to make small changes to prevent excessive weight gain. He was an investigator in the Diabetes Prevention Program and the Look AHEAD trial. He has worked with many pharmaceutical companies in development of medications for weight management. Dr. Hill was a member of the group that established the first NIH guidelines for the prevention and treatment of obesity. Further, he was chair of the first WHO consultation on obesity in 1998. He has published two practical weight management books for the public – The Step Diet and State of Slim. He developed multiple obesity treatment programs that have been offered to the public as fee-for-service programs. He is a past president of The Obesity Society and The American Society for Nutrition. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. Dr. Hill lectures throughout the world on strategies for the treatment and prevention of obesity.