Topic: healthy weight

Does being overweight really reduce mortality?

Panelists challenge controversial findings In a recent paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association that combined the results of many studies of body mass index (BMI) and mortality, Katherine Flegal from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and co-authors…

Does a little excess weight help you live longer?

Being a little overweight may be associated with a longer life, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). But some researchers, including Harvard School of Public Health’s [[Walter Willett]], disagree. “We have a huge…

A tireless advocate for the science of healthy eating

The Boston Globe Magazine profiled Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) nutrition expert Walter Willett in the cover story of its July 28, 2013 issue. Willett, Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and chair of the Nutrition Department at HSPH,…

Obesity studies generate debate on impact of weight, sugar on health

Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) nutrition experts, including Walter Willett, Frederick John Stare professor of nutrition and epidemiology and chair of the Department of Nutrition, were quoted widely by the media about two obesity studies published in January 2013. Evidence Grows…

Healthy Weight

Expert Answers to Readers' Questions I am overweight. What is the best way to lose weight? Do my genes control how much I weigh? Is percentage of body fat important for health? Can diet pills or gastric bypass surgery help me lose…

Ask the Expert: Does being overweight really decrease mortality? No!

 The Expert: Dr. Walter Willett Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology, and Chair, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health   A recent JAMA study got major media attention when it claimed that grade 1 obesity…