Topic: obesity

Science by a power of two

September 22, 2015 — When Robert Farese and Tobias Walther were negotiating to join Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health last year as professors of genetics and complex diseases, they proposed a twist to their appointments—a joint laboratory run as an…

Proven strategies to tame the childhood obesity epidemic

New findings by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers and colleagues have identified strategies that are effective in helping keep kids’ weight down and that get a significant bang for the health care buck. The five-year collaborative Childhood Obesity Intervention…

A nutrition advocate seeks a better label

June 15, 2015 -- People concerned about the food they eat have been instructed to read the nutrition labels on the back of food products. Yet those labels can be intimidating and confusing. You want to make healthy choices, but how much, exactly,…

Type 2 diabetes may protect against ALS

People with type 2 diabetes may have a lower risk for being diagnosed with the serious neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, according to a study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers.…

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…

Overweight teens may have increased risk for colorectal cancer

Teenagers who are significantly overweight appear to have twice the risk of developing colorectal cancer in middle-age compared with teens of normal weight, according to a study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. Elizabeth Kantor, lead author and…