Epidemiology of the Couch Potato
Ross Andersen, PhD, joined McGill University in 2007 as a Tier I Canada Research Chair and is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University. He has also been on the Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His research has focused on the role that physical activity plays in weight management. His work has been funded by the American Heart Association and the National Institute of Health to examine strategies to improve exercise adherence and to examine the dose of exercise required to promote long term weight control. Dr. Andersen has numerous publications and presentations in the area of physical activity and weight management, including publications in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine, Obesity Research, Medicine, Science in Sports and Exercise and many other peer-reviewed journals. He has authored three text books and several book chapters and serves on the editorial board for several research journals. He is known for his work in introducing Lifestyle Physical Activity to overweight adults to promote weight maintenance and long term adoption of physical activity.