Charles Platkin

The Diet Detective: Charles Stuart Platkin

Charles Stuart Platkin, Ph.D., M.P.H.,is a nutrition and public health advocate, whose syndicated health, nutrition and fitness column, the Diet Detective appears in more than 100 daily newspapers nationally, including the Honolulu Advertiser, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, and The State. Platkin is the host of WE tv's series, I Want To Save Your Life. Platkin is also the founder of DietDetective.com, (a Waterfront Media license) which offers nutrition, food, and fitness information along with a weight-loss program that provides customizable meal plans and fitness regimens that put his wellness principles into action. Platkin is also a health expert and blogger featured on Everydayhealth.com, Active.com, WCBSTV.com and Fitnessmagazine.com.

Platkin has been quoted as a health expert in thousands of publications, including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Oprah, Time, Newsweek, Ladies Home Journal, Men's Health magazine, Shape, Self and Fitness. He has also appeared on NBC's The Today Show, ABC News Nightline, National Public Radio, CNN, CNBC, CBS's The Early Show, the BBC, and others.

He is a member of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, the American Obesity Association, the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, Society for Public Health Education, Society for Nutrition Education, The American Public Health Association, Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Society), the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health and the American Council on Exercise. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, a law degree from Fordham University, a Masters of Public Health and a Ph.D. in Public Health from Florida International University in Miami. He is also a certified personal trainer.

Platkin is the author of five books. His first book, Breaking the Pattern was a bestseller in hardcover; it has been used by addiction clinics to assist patients with resolving drug and alcohol-related issues and more than 20 universities around the country as a text to teach behavioral change techniques to nutrition and dietetic counseling students. His latest books are The Diet Detective's Count Down (Simon and Schuster, 2007) and The Diet Detective's Calorie Bargain Bible (Simon and Schuster, 2008).