Topic: obesity

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…

Why Public Health? Anthony Covarrubias

May 2014 — In our video series “Why Public Health?” we ask Harvard School of Public Health students and alumni to talk about what drew them to the field. Anthony Covarrubias, a doctoral student in the Biological Sciences in Public Health program,…

Social network project tackles obesity and diabetes

July 14, 2014 -- Making use of the ties between friends and family to promote healthy behaviors appears to motivate people to better manage their weight over the long term—and reduce their risk for obesity and diabetes—even in places with limited resources…

High blood pressure top risk factor in heart disease deaths

High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) around the world, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. The report provides a global view of how blood pressure, cholesterol,…

Obesity Prevention Strategies

Turning Around the Epidemic The fact that the obesity epidemic didn’t flash over countries like a wildfire—rather it smoldered and then slowly grew year after year—has made it even more difficult to combat, since its causes have become so intertwined into the…

HSPH goes Hollywood with Fed Up film screening

“There are 600,000 food items in America. Eighty percent of them have added sugar,” according to the new film Fed Up, which was screened at Harvard School of Public Health on April 23, 2014 in Kresge G3. The exclusive advanced screening event…

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…

Obesity Definition

What Does It Actually Mean to Be Overweight or Obese? At their most basic, the words “overweight” and “obesity” are ways to describe having too much body fat. The most commonly used measure of weight status today is the body mass index,…