Topic: obesity

Rolling back school lunch nutrition standards a bad idea

Congressional efforts to undermine school lunch nutrition standards implemented in 2012 could threaten progress in the fight against childhood obesity, according to an opinion piece in the October 29, 2014 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Critics of the standards, including some…

Obesity Trends

Tracking the Global Epidemic Once just a problem of wealthy nations, obesity now impacts countries at all economic levels, bringing with it a wave of ill health and lost productivity. Worldwide the rate of obesity has nearly doubled since 1980, with just…

Healthy lifestyle may cut gestational diabetes cases by half

Healthy lifestyle habits—maintaining a normal weight, not smoking, and staying physically active—may help prevent about half of all diabetes cases that develop in pregnant women, according to a new study. Looking at data from more than 14,000 American women, the researchers found…

Obesity Causes

Many factors influence body weight—genes, though the effect is small, and heredity is not destiny; prenatal and early life influences; poor diets; too much television watching; too little physical activity and sleep; and our food and physical activity environment. What Tips the…

Friends, family can influence your weight—for good or bad

Efforts to lose weight and lead a healthy lifestyle can be influenced positively—or negatively—by people closest to you, including your friends, family, spouse, and co-workers, according to Walter Willett, Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and chair of the Department…

Why We Overeat

[FORUM VIDEO] Based on the latest science, this Forum event examined how Americans can shift their food environments from toxic to healthy.

The cost of childhood obesity

July 22, 2014 -- What’s the most cost-effective way to prevent childhood obesity? Is it by taxing sugary beverages? Requiring more physical education classes in schools? Eliminating the corporate tax deduction for marketing and advertising when it comes to food and beverage…