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J. Justin Wilson

Senior Research Analyst, Center for Consumer Freedom, Washington D.C.

J. Justin Wilson is a Senior Research Analyst at the Center for Consumer Freedom, where he researches science and policy issues related to obesity, trans fats, and other food and beverage issues. Justin contends that obesity is an issue of consumer choice that can only be resolved through personal responsibility. He opposes the "food police," and questions policies like fat taxes, zoning regulations, ingredient bans, and other policies that rely on government intervention to coerce citizens to lose weight. Most recently, Justin led a successful campaign to pressure the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to revise the estimated number of obesity-attributable deaths in the United States. The campaign came after he determined that the CDC's benchmark study on obesity and mortality contained fatal flaws that led to drastically overstated estimates. Justin has written two books examining the costs and causes of the nation's burgeoning waistlines and he is also a frequent commentator on television and radio programs, as well as in many newspapers. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

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